March Terror Threat Snapshot

silhouette of a soldier holding machine gunThe U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security released its monthly Terror Threat Snapshot, detailing terrorist activities around the world. The March assessment highlights the 30 U.S. states in which jihadist movements have been identified; the top 5 European countries with foreign fighter returnees; and, plots made against western countries that have been linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).   Key points of this snapshot include:

  • The U.S. identified 7 ISIS-affiliated groups as Foreign Terrorist Organizations: ISIS-Philippines, ISIS-West Africa, ISIS-Bangladesh, ISIS-Somalia, ISIS-Egypt, Jund al-Khilafah-Tunisia, and Maute Group.
  • The U.S. identified 2 ISIS-affiliated individuals as Specially Designated Global Terrorists: Mahad Moalim and Abu Musab al-Barnawi.
  • The U.S. imposed sanctions on six people and seven entities financially supporting Hezbollah, most whom are associated with Adham Tabaj and his company Al-Inmaa Engineering and Contracting.
  • ISIS fighters continue to return home to their countries with Saudia Arabia, Tunisia, Russia and France having the highest numbers of returnees.
  • ISIS members of the group “The Beatles”, Alexander Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, were captured by Syrain Kurd forces in Syria.
  • Twelve incidents involving homegrown jihadism in the U.S. occurred in February 2018.
  • Seven incidents of terrorism or intent to commit terrorism were documented in February 2018 in western countries.
  • In February 2018 there were…
    • Six global incidents involving ISIS.
    • Two global incidents involving Boko Haram.
    • Five global incidents involving the Taliban.
    • One global incident involving Al-Qaeda
    • Three global incidents involving Al-Shabaab.

The full PDF of the March Terror Threat Snapshot is available on the HSDL.

Additional resources on terrorism and threats can be found on the HSDL Timeline and in our Featured Topics on Domestic Terrorism, Global Terrorism, and Lone Wolf Terrorism and Suicide Bombers.