08.04.15

Chairman McCaul Releases August ‘Terror Threat Snapshot’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new Terror Threat Snapshot for the month of August was released today by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul. The monthly assessment is the Committee’s continuing effort to highlight the growing threat America, the West, and world face from ISIS and other Islamist terrorist groups. 

Chairman McCaul: “Terror struck the heartland in Chattanooga last month, a sobering reminder that a new generation of extremists is targeting our city streets.  We can’t stop what we can’t see, and with terror going viral—spreading online and across borders—I am worried more fanatics will go undetected until it’s too late.  We’ve got to do more to take the fight to the enemy overseas at its source, otherwise we’re going to see the threat picture here at home steadily worsen.”

Key takeaways in this month’s Terror Threat Snapshot include:

·         The terror threat level in the U.S. homeland is high.  There have been more U.S.-based jihadist terror cases in 2015 than in any full year since 9/11, and the total number of cases has increased three-fold increase in just five years (from 38 in July 2010 to 122 today).

·         As we saw in Chattanooga, terrorists are increasingly targeting American troops and police.  Since early 2014, the majority of Islamist terror plots on U.S. soil have featured plans to kill U.S. soldiers or law enforcement.

·         Globally, ISIS is fueling the Islamist terror wildfire—and at unprecedented speed.  As of the end of July, the group had inspired or directed 55 terrorist plots/attacks against Western targets, including 14 in the United States.

·         America and its overseas partners have largely failed to rollback the ISIS terror safe haven.  Despite a year of airstrikes, U.S. intelligence agencies have reportedly concluded ISIS is no weaker than a year ago and can field nearly 30,000 foot soldiers, including Americans and thousands of other Westerners.

The complete August Terror Threat Snapshot is available here.

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