Terror threat level


trumpBy Glynn Cosker
Managing Editor, In Homeland Security

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) has released the ‘Terror Threat Snapshot’ for August, and – as usual – it includes some haunting revelations.

The monthly ‘Terror Threat Snapshot’ is a comprehensive and informative look at all of the recently reported plots against the United States and its Western allies by ISIS and other extremist terrorist groups including Boko Haram, AL-SHABAAB and Al Qaeda. The snapshot includes an interactive map which illustrates the number of homegrown Jihadist cases in the U.S. since the 9/11 terror attacks:

terror threat snapshot map
Credit: House Homeland Security Committee

Homegrown Terror Threat In The United States

The report this month states that there were 157 homegrown terror plots in the United States in 30 separate states since 2013, as well as 163 ISIS-linked plots against the West since 2013.

The snapshot highlights some of the most recent developments in America’s counterterrorism efforts in various U.S. cities:

Sterling, Virginia:

Sean Andrew Duncan was convicted on July 6 of obstructing a counterterrorism investigation by attempting to hide thumb drive and memory chip when federal law enforcement executed a search warrant. Duncan was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Maple Heights, Ohio:

Demetrius Nathaniel Pitts was arrested on July 2 for allegedly attempting to “provide material support to Al Qaeda” and pledging his allegiance to the terror organization. He also allegedly plotted an Independence Day attack in Cleveland. Pitts is facing up to 20 years behind bars.

Oakland, California:

Amer Sinan Alhaggagi pleaded guilty on July 18 to “attempting to provide material support to ISIS.” Alhaggagi formed numerous online identities for known ISIS american military universitysympathizers, including social media accounts.

Queens, New York:

On July 24, Ali Saleh also pleaded guilty to “attempting to provide material support to ISIS.” He tried to travel out of the United States in order to join a terror group. Saleh also funded the transportation of other fighters and distributed bomb-making instructions. He faces up to 35 years in prison.

Britain’s Prince George Attack Plot

The Terror Threat Snapshot also reported on the sentencing of Husnain Rashid in the UK. Rashid encouraged jihadists to attempt attacks on Prince George, 4, who is currently fourth in line to the British throne. Additionally, Rashid encouraged terror attacks against British Army barracks, sports stadiums and other public places. He was sentenced to life in prison.

The snapshot states that there were 232 ISIS-linked incidents in 18 European nations since 2013 – including 63 in France, 42 in the UK and 38 in Germany.

You can read the full Terror Threat Snapshot here.