After A Month of Terror, ISIS Now Linked to 100+ Plots Against the West
Chairman McCaul Calls the Milestone “Alarming and Horrific”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – There have now been over 100 ISIS-linked terror plots against the West since 2014, according to a report released today by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX). The report, Terror Gone Viral, shows that a wave of attacks in the past month have helped ISIS reach a record level of plotting, following attacks in Germany, France, and the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11 in an Orlando nightclub.
Chairman McCaul: “ISIS terrorists have reached an alarming and horrific milestone, continuing their unprecedented pace of global terror. Never before have we seen so many jihadist plots against the West in such a short period of time. What’s worse, our communities have now become the battleground, and our enemies are hiding in plain sight. ISIS has remotely radicalized operatives to carry out attacks, including right here in the homeland, and they are increasingly dispatching their own operatives for deadlier and more complex plots. This is the consequence of our failure to take the fight to the enemy overseas. And it should be a wake-up call that we need to get serious about destroying ISIS—not eventually, but immediately.”
The report makes a number of key findings based on trends in ISIS terror plotting, including:
- The United States is by far the group’s top target, and 40 percent of its plots have been directed at Americans.
- ISIS attacks are getting deadlier and more destructive. There have now been 1,600+ casualties from its anti-Western attacks.
- Most ISIS-linked operations have been carried out by independent followers, but the group is increasingly involved in directing plots.
- Foreign fighters are playing a growing role in operations.
- More and more plots involve explosive devices.
- Forty percent of plots have been aimed at government, military, and law enforcement targets.
The complete report is available, here.