Year in Review: The December Terror Threat Snapshot

The House Homeland Security Committee has released its Terror Threat Snapshot for the month of December, summarizing the threats faced by the United States at home and abroad.

2016 saw 35 people arrested in the United States on terrorism-related charges ranging from lying to the authorities . In attacks against the US and Western allies, 215 people were killed and 732 wounded.

Some more notable highlights from the Snapshot include:

  • Since 9/11, the nation has seen 227 homegrown jihadist cases with a recent surge of 115 cases in 2015 and 2016 alone.
  • Throughout the year, ISIS conducted 62 attacks, wounding 732 and killing 215 in places like the United States, France, and Belgium.
  • The Iran nuclear deal—coupled with instability in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen—has reenergized Tehran’s hardliners and placed the regime in a stronger position to achieve regional hegemony.
  • The Obama Administration transferred 48 prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in 2016.

For more information on this subject, please refer to the Domestic Terrorism: Jihadist/Islamist section of the HSDL’s Featured Topics list.

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