October Terror Threat Snapshot

The House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee released their monthly Terror Threat Snapshot. It includes infographics on the “Terror Campaign in Europe”, ISIS-Linked Plots Against the West”, and “The Persistent Terror Threat to America”.

“Key Points:

  • Since 2013, there have been at least 483 plots, attacks, and arrests linked to
    multiple Islamist extremist groups targeting the West.
  • The offensive against ISIS made great strides this month, as coalition forces
    continued their push into terrorist-controlled regions of Syria and Iraq. British
    forces reached their 1,500th airstrike and U.S. forces launched their first strike on
    ISIS militants in Libya since President Trump took office in January. The strike
    resulted in 17 militants being killed.
  • As ISIS continues to lose territory, militants have been fleeing by the hundreds.
    The defectors are traveling to other locations in the Middle East, North Africa, and
    Europe, primarily through the porous Turkey-Syrian border. This presents a
    continuing challenge for security services in the region and abroad, which have
    increased intelligence operations and cooperation. ISIS leaders have also
    renewed calls for followers to launch attacks abroad, encouraging supporters to
    act alone.
  • On September 28, ISIS released an audio recording from its leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi.
    Although the date of the recording is unknown, it references recent
    tensions between the U.S., Japan, and North Korea. The recording appears to
    contradict Russian claims that al-Baghdadi was killed in an airstrike in June. Of
    note, General Stephen Townsend, commander of Operation Inherent Resolve,
    stated on September 1 that there was a “high probability” that al-Baghdadi was still
    alive.”