Terror Threat Snapshot: 6 Terror-Related Arrests in 5 States so far in 2016
By Glynn Cosker
Managing Editor, In Homeland Security
The House Homeland Security Committee (HSC) Chairman Michael McCaul has released the February Terror Threat Snapshot. As usual, the monthly publication that assesses the increasing threat to America from ISIS is alarming. The snapshot reports that six terror-related arrests in five different states have already occurred in 2016.
See each month’s Terror Threat Snapshots here.
“The Islamist terror threat remains alarmingly high as recent arrests and terror plots demonstrate. ISIS recruits wage war in our communities, while thousands of deadly fighters trained in Syria stream back into the West – some of them infiltrating massive refugee flows,” stated Chairman McCaul. “ISIS continues its global expansion on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and the still-dangerous al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula seizes greater territory in Yemen.”
Key Points from the Terror Threat Snapshot
- The U.S. faces the highest Islamist terror threat environment since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
- There were 21 recent ISIS-linked plots to launch attacks, with 81 ISIS-linked suspects arrested, including six so far in 2016.
- Iran gained access to $100 billion via the recent nuclear deal, effectively fueling its global terror network.
- Close to 2,000 Europeans (out of approximately 6,600 Western fighters who visited Iraq and Syria) have arrived back in Europe.
- Germany’s domestic intelligence chief states that terrorists “have slipped in camouflaged or disguised as refugees. This is a fact that the security agencies are facing.”
- The Obama administration has increased the release of known terrorists from Guantanamo Bay even though the intelligence community has reported that 30 percent of the released detainees have either rejoined a terror network or are in the process of doing so.
“We are moving towards a European 9/11: simultaneous attacks on the same day in several countries…We know the terrorists are working on this.” ~ French counter-terrorism official.
Recent Arrests in USA
Michigan: A man was arrested for an alleged plan to attack a church in Detroit. Khalil Abu-Rayyan, 21, stated that he supported ISIS and said, “If I can’t do jihad in the Middle East, I would do jihad over here.”
Pennsylvania and Virginia: Two men were arrested after they allegedly attempted to visit Syria via Jordan in order to join ISIS.
Texas and California: Law enforcement authorities arrested two Islamist terrorists in Texas and California who allegedly arrived in the U.S. from Syria and Iraq through the refugee resettlement program. Also in California, a man from Irvine was arrested for allegedly delivering “tactical equipment to Islamist fighters in Syria.”
Wisconsin: A man was arrested for an alleged plot to attack a Masonic temple.
Maryland: A man was arrested and indicted for allegedly supporting ISIS and purportedly receiving money from Islamic terror groups to fund attacks in the United States.
Look out for next month’s In Homeland Security report on the House Homeland Committee’s March Terror Threat Snapshot.