McCaul Releases September Terror Threat Snapshot
Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) today released September’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.
- August 31, 2018: Two Americans were seriously injured in a stabbing attack at the main train station in Amsterdam that Dutch officials said had a “terrorist motive.” The attacker was identified as 19-year-old Jawad S., an Afghan asylum seeker who had traveled to the station from Germany. He is being held in Dutch custody pending trial.
- August 9, 2018: Mounir el-Motassadeq, a Moroccan man involved in the “Hamburg Cell” which provided support for the September 11th attacks is set to be released from prison in Germany three months earlier than planned. Motassadeq will be flown to Morocco upon his release.
- August 11, 2018: Mohamed Abdirahman Osman, 28, and his wife were arrested in in Tucson, Arizona and charged with falsifying immigration documents, including omitting Osman’s prior involvement with al-Shabab. The indictment indicates that Osman moved from Jijiga, Ethiopia to Mogadishu, Somalia at the direction of al-Shabab and was injured in a bomb blast at a Somali market in 2010.
- August 13, 2018: Qassim Abdullah Ali Ahmed has been designated by the State Department as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) for his role as a leader in the Iranian-backed Al Ashtar Brigades, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. Ahmed has worked to overthrow the government of Bahrain by recruiting terrorists, facilitating weapons explosives training, and providing funding. The SDGT designation will freeze any assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prevents U.S. persons from engaging in any transactions with him.
- August 13, 2018: Fazliddin Kurbanov, an Uzbek refugee serving a 25-year sentence in Victorville, California for plotting an attack on behalf of a foreign terrorist organization, has been sentenced to an additional 20 years for attempting to slash the prison warden’s throat. The warden survived the attack.
- August 21, 2018: Ibrahim al-Asiri, chief Al Qaeda bomb-maker, was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen. He was reportedly one of the most sophisticated terrorist bomb-makers on the planet and was behind several high-profile incidents such as the 2009 Christmas Day attempt to down a plane over Detroit using an “underwear bomb.” Asiri was also designing bombs to be hidden in laptops and mobile devices, resulting in the TSA requiring individuals to remove electronics from carry-on bags during screening.
- August 22, 2018: Baghdadi offers proof of life—The leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, released an audio message calling for more homeland attacks in the West. Contents of the speech, Baghdadi’s first in nearly a year, indicated it was recently recorded as it made note of the recent disagreement between the U.S. and Turkey over jailed American pastor Andrew Brunson.