03.07.17

Chairman McCaul Releases March Terror Threat Snapshot

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) today released March’s Terror Threat Snapshot, a monthly assessment of the Committee’s continuing effort to highlight the growing threat America, the West, and the world face from ISIS and other Islamist terrorists.

Chairman McCaul: “This month marked a grim milestone, as we surpassed 200 homegrown jihadist cases in the United States since 9/11. Most of those plots or attacks occurred in just the past few years, driven by an explosion in terrorist recruitment and radicalization online. Meanwhile, ISIS, al Qaeda, and other Islamist terror groups overseas are proving to be resilient, and they remain focused on attacking America and our allies. I am concerned the tactics they are using in distant conflict zones—from bomb-dropping drones to chemical weapons—could be used against us. That is why I plan to work with the new Administration to redouble our efforts to best plan for addressing emerging threats—and to ensure that a failure of imagination does not lead to failures in our defenses.”

Key Points:

  • In America, homegrown jihadist cases have hit a dangerous new milestone, numbering over 200 since the attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • ISIS continues to inspire and direct terrorist plotting at a high rate with 13 plots or attacks against Western targets since just the beginning of 2017, an average of more than one a week. At the same time, Al Qaeda poses a persistent danger—from Iraq and Syria to Yemen and Somalia—and remains determined to strike the United States.
  • The threat level is particularly elevated in Europe, where more than a half-dozen jihadist plots have been thwarted in the past month. The growing danger on the European continent also poses a threat to U.S. interests overseas and, ultimately, to the homeland.
  • Terrorists’ growing use of small drones and chemical weapons for attacks in the conflict zone in Iraq and Syria is raising alarm that the same tactics might be exported for terrorist attacks in the West.
  • Terror activity in Afghanistan is also on the rise, as Taliban militants rocked the country with a number of attacks in February, and as ISIS’ Khorasan Province continues to expand its strength throughout both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The complete March Terror Threat Snapshot is available, here.

View the Committee’s interactive Terror Threat Snapshot, here.

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