“The attack last month in Barcelona further highlights the increasingly dangerous threat that Islamist terror presents to the West. While ISIS continues to suffer heavy territorial losses in Syria and Iraq, the group has intensified calls for jihadists to carry out attacks against the West. With the so-called ‘caliphate’ deteriorating, we must ensure that America and our allies are prepared to aggressively confront this evolving threat. Now more than ever, we must be vigilant so we can best protect our homeland from those attempting to sneak in or those already radicalized at home.”
Terror Threat Snapshot – September 2017
The United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security recently released the September 2017 version of the “Terror Threat Snapshot,” a monthly assessment that delineates recent developments in “the persistent terror threat to America.”
This month’s report includes updates on homegrown Islamist extremism, ISIS terror plots against the West, the campaign against Islamist terror (particularly al Shabaab, Taliban, Boko Haram, and ISIS), notable ISIS members targeted, and select plots and attacks carried out by other or unknown Islamist groups. This issue also includes visuals that demonstrate ISIS-linked incidents since 2013 broken down by weapon used to carry out the attack, as well as ISIS-linked incidents since 2013 in Europe broken down by country.
Upon the release of this report on Friday, September 8, 2017, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) said,
Given ISIS’s more recent loss of territory, and the tendency of actors to attempt to preserve power and reputation in a state of decline, it is unsurprising that a key point highlighted in this “Terror Threat Snapshot” is ISIS’s increased call for more attacks in the West. This is especially notable when taken in consideration with concerns over Western foreign fighters returning home after joining ISIS, as pointed out in another key point in this month’s Terror Threat Snapshot.
View the interactive version of the Committee’s “Terror Threat Snapshot” here.
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