February Terror Threat Snapshot

The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security released its monthly Terror Threat Snapshot, detailing terrorist activities around the world. The February assessment includes information on homegrown jihadists in the U.S., weapons used by ISIS, and the ISIS terror campaign in Europe.

Key points:

  • January 17, 2018: Christian Ganczarski, 51, a Polish-born German citizen imprisoned in France has been charged by the U.S. for his role in planning the September 11th attacks. Prosecutors state that Ganczarski used his skills in computer tech, radio communications, and weapons systems to help top Al Qaeda leaders plot the attack. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison for planning another Al Qaeda attack in Tunisia which killed 21 people.
  • January 20, 2018: Six militants attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, killing more than 20 people, including four Americans. Two Americans were also wounded in the attack. The attackers were dressed as Afghan soldiers, wearing suicide vests, and were targeting foreigners.
  • January 27, 2018: In Kabul, Militants used an explosives-laden ambulance to pass through a security checkpoint to a crowded street near government buildings and embassies, before detonating and killing over 100 people and wounding 235. The area, known as Chicken Street, is also near a hospital and E.U. offices, and was crowded with civilians.
  • Filipino authorities announced that ISIS militants looted approximately $40 million in cash, gold, and jewelry during their insurgency on the island of Marawi last year. The group was attempting to form a caliphate in Southeast Asia, and were ultimately defeated by government forces.

The full PDF is available on the HSDL.