08.02.17

McCaul Releases August Terror Threat Snapshot

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) today released August’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: “Last month the U.S.-led coalition reclaimed control of Mosul from ISIS, representing a significant blow to the terror group that is the greatest threat to the homeland. While the American-backed liberation of Mosul is a major victory, the fight is far from over. As ISIS continues to experience battlefield losses in Iraq and Syria, we must stay vigilant in order to keep them from establishing new safe havens and stop them from returning to the West. I applaud President Trump for making the fight against ISIS a top priority and I look forward to continuing to work with the Administration to prevent this threat from spilling over into the homeland.”

Key Points:

  • ISIS’ campaign to encourage and guide terrorist attacks in the West continues. So far in 2017, there have been 14 homegrown jihadi cases and the FBI continues to investigate cases in all 50 states.
  • Mosul has been reclaimed from ISIS by U.S.-backed coalition forces. This deals a major blow to ISIS operations in the region, as the city was one of their largest strongholds. Global threat levels remain high, however, as the group continues to encourage attacks abroad.
  •  ISIS’ branch in Afghanistan, ISIS Khorasan, was dealt a major blow when the group’s leader Abu Sayed was killed in a U.S. airstrike on the organization’s headquarters.
  • Australia has created a new ministry dedicated to coordinating anti-terror efforts between existing agencies. The Ministry of Home Affairs will have oversight of the Australian Federal Police, Australian Security Intelligence Organization, and the Australian Border Force. The ministry will also have an intelligence coordinating body, as well as an around-the-clock cyber security department.

The complete August Terror Threat Snapshot is available, here.

View the Committee’s interactive Terror Threat Snapshothere.

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