Anti-Imperialist Territorial Nuclei (NTA)
The Anti-Imperialist Territorial Nuclei (NTA) is a small (approximately 20 members) clandestine leftist extremist group that appeared in the Friuli region in Italy in 1995. NTA adopted the class struggle ideology of the Red Brigade of the 1970s-80s and a similar logo—an encircled five-point star—for their declarations. The group opposes what it perceives as U.S. and NATO imperialism and condemns Italy's foreign and labor polices. NTA opposes both the U.S. and the NATO presence in Italy. NTA attacked property owned by U.S. Air Forces personnel at Aviano Air Base. The NTA also claimed responsibility for a bomb attack in September, 2000, against the Central European Initiative office in Trieste and a bomb attack in August, 2001, against the Venice Tribunal building. NTA members threw gasoline bombs at the Venice and Rome headquarters of the then-ruling party, Democrats of the Left, during the NATO intervention in Kosovo.
The NTA operates in northeastern Italy, including the Friuli, Veneto, and Emilia regions.
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Taylor, Francis X. U.S. Department of State. "Patterns of Global Terrorism 2001," Annual Report: On the record briefing. May 21, 2002 < http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/rm/10367.htm > (April 17, 2003).
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