McCaul Releases April Terror Threat Snapshot
Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) today released April’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.
- As the Iraqi government continues to regain control of territory, the focus shifts from defeating ISIS on the field of battle to processing captured fighters. Currently over 19,000 individuals with ISIS or terror-related connections are being held. The government has sentenced over 3,000 of them to death. This includes not only enemy combatants, but also foreign wives of terrorists, which are estimated to number around 560.
- March 1, 2018: The U.S. Department of State has added seven organizations and two individuals with ties to ISIS to the Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) list and as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO). The groups are, ISIS West Africa, ISIS Philippines, ISIS Bangladesh, ISIS Somalia, Jund al-Khilafah-Tunisia, ISIS Egypt, and Maute Group. The individuals are, Mahad Moalim, the ISIS-Somalia deputy leader and Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the ISIS-West Africa leader. The SDGT designation prohibits U.S. citizens from engaging in transactions or providing assistance to these groups and individuals.
- Filipino authorities have confirmed that 23 armed groups have consolidated under one banner, calling themselves ISIS Philippines. This news comes five months after the Filipino military ended the Marawi Siege in October 2017, where they defeated the Maute Group, an ISIS affiliate.
- March 30, 2018: Noor Salman, 31, widow of Omar Mateen who in 2016 attacked Pulse nightclub on behalf of ISIS, was acquitted on charges of lying to the FBI and assisting Mateen in the attack. Her defense claimed that she was easily manipulated, and had a low IQ. They also made the case that she could not have helped Mateen plan the attack, as it was a last minute decision to target Pulse nightclub.