November Terror Threat Snapshot

perimeter fenceThe U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security released its monthly Terror Threat Snapshot, detailing terrorist activities around the world. The November assessment highlights terrorist activity since 2013 during which time thirty states have identified jihadist movements; there have been 248 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:

  • The Taliban Five have taken on political leadership roles in Qatar;
  • Dias Muratovich Kadyrbayev was deported to his native Kazhakhstan in October, despite a federal conviction in 2015 for obstruction of justice and a 6-year prison sentence that was not fully served;
  • The Pakistani Government released Afghan Taliban cofounder, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar;
  • Iraqi refugee turned U.S. citizen, Ahmad Suhad Ahmad, was arrested for distribution of instructions on creating improvised explosive devices.

Since 2013, there have been 161 incidents involving homegrown jihadism in the U.S. In October, six individuals were convicted or faced trial in the U.S. for providing material and/or financial support to Al Qaeda or ISIS.

Globally, thirteen individuals were convicted of plotting to engage in terrorist acts and/or inciting terrorism, and an ISIS network of imprisoned individuals that spanned 17 prisons in Spain was dismantled.

In October 2018 there were…

  • Three global incidents involving ISIS,
  • One global incident involving Boko Haram,
  • One global incident involving the Taliban,
  • One global incident involving Al-Qaeda,
  • Two global incidents involving Al-Shabaab, and
  • 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!