Homeland Security Committee Releases January 2018 Terror Threat Snapshot
The House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee released their monthly Terror Threat Snapshot. It includes infographics on the “ISIS’ Terror Campaign in Europe”, “ISIS-Linked Plots Against the West Since 2013”, and “The Persistent Terror Threat to America”.
• This month saw a spike in homegrown lslamist incidents with four arrests in the United
States for providing material support to ISIS. Two of those arrested also offered to commit
attacks on behalf of the organization. These arrests bring the total number of homegrown
jihadist cases in the U.S. since 2013 to 150.
• December 12. 2017: Akayed Ullah, 27, a Bangladeshi immigrant living in Brooklyn,
attempted to carry out the first suicide bombing in the U.S. Inspired by ISIS, Ullah built a
low-tech explosive device that he detonated on the subway, wounding four, including
• December 20, 2017: A 29-year-old German citizen, Dasbar W, was arrested by German
officials for planning an attack in Karlsruhe. The man has connections to ISIS and planned
to ram a vehicle into crowds.
• December 17. 2017: Russian security services foiled an ISIS attack in St. Petersburg thanks
to intelligence collected and provided by the CIA. Terrorists planned to bomb the Kazan
Cathedral and other buildings in the city.
• ISIS recruiter Abdullah Ibrahim al-Faisal was sanctioned by the U.S. Department of the
Treasury for actions that directly contributed to attacks on innocent people around the
world. Widely regarded as a key facilitator of people and material support, the designation
by Treasury will greatly diminish his capabilities. Faisal is currently facing extradition
proceedings in Jamaica.