December Terror Threat Snapshot

Pentagon Sep 11The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security released its monthly Terror Threat Snapshot, detailing terrorist activities around the world. The December assessment highlights terrorist activity since 2013 providing the following data: jihadist movements have been identified in 30 states; there have been 251 ISIS-linked incidents in 18 European countries; and, the predominant weapons used by ISIS in attacks include explosives, edged weapons, and vehicles.

Key points of this snapshot include:

  • Amor M. Ftouhi of Canada was found guilty of terrorism for attacking a police officer in Flint, Michigan in June 2017 after travelling from Canada to the U.S.
  • Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) resumed ground operations in an offensive against ISIS.
  • Ahmed Alahmedalabdaloklah, of Syria, was sentenced to life plus 30 years in prison for conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction.
  • The U.S. Department of State designated, Jawad Nasrallah, the son of Hezbollah leader, Hajji ‘Abd al-Nasir, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.
  • The U.S. Department of State designated the Palestinian military organization Al-Mujahidin Brigades as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.

Since 2013, there have been 161 incidents involving homegrown jihadism in the U.S. In November, four individuals were convicted or faced trial in the U.S. for terrorist activities or for providing material support to terrorist organizations. Globally, eight individuals were convicted of plotting to engage in terrorist acts and/or inciting terrorism.

In November 2018 there were…

  • Four global incidents involving ISIS
  • Three global incident involving Boko Haram
  • Two global incident involving the Taliban
  • One global incident involving Al-Qaeda
  • Three global incidents involving Al-Shabaab
  • Three global incidents involving other Islamist Extremists.

A PDF of the Terror Threat Snapshot and an interactive map and can be found on the Homeland Security website. Previous Terror Snapshots can be found in our series Terror Threat Snapshot. Need help finding something? Ask one of our librarians for assistance!