Chairman McCaul Releases November Terror Threat Snapshot
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The November Terror Threat Snapshot was released today by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX). The “snapshot” is a monthly Committee assessment of the growing threat America, the West, and the world face from ISIS and other Islamist terrorists.
Chairman McCaul: “ISIS operatives may be retreating in parts of Syria and Iraq, but their terror movement is nowhere near broken. Indeed, the group continues to plot aggressively against America and our allies. As jihadists flee from places like Mosul and Raqqa, we must keep them from establishing new safe havens and stop them from returning to the West where they hope to conduct fresh waves of attacks. We also cannot lose sight of Islamist militant groups like al Qaeda, which continue to threaten the American people. The bottom line is this: to protect our country we must project our power—and use it to defeat these fanatics for good.”
Key takeaways in this month’s Terror Threat Snapshot:
- ISIS’ message continues to resonate with American citizens as more extremists plot attacks on American soil and attempt to travel overseas to join the terror group.
- ISIS has targeted the West at an alarming rate, marked by a recent surge in ISIS-linked plots to attack U.S. and allied interests abroad.
- ISIS and al Qaeda continue to take advantage of safe havens to consolidate their power and territory, as well as plan attacks.
- The threat of the “terrorist diaspora” to the West will continue to grow, particularly as fighters flee from recent offensives in Mosul and Raqqa.
- Iran continues to take aggressive steps to threaten US interests at home and abroad, particularly in the Gulf.
- Guantanamo Bay detainees are continuing to return to the fight to replenish the ranks of jihadist organizations.
The complete November Terror Threat Snapshot is available, here.
View the Committee’s interactive Terror Threat Map, here.