Terror Threat Snapshot highlights extremist activity

Courtesy of the House Committee on Homeland Security
The House Committee on Homeland Security last week released the Terror Threat Snapshot for September, which highlights extremist activity across the country.

The graphic and associated report state that 52 individuals have been arrested in the U.S. this year under suspicion of being linked with ISIS. The report said that as of the end of August there were 57 plots that have either been inspired by or directed by extremist groups against the West; 15 of these have been in the U.S.

"Last month ISIS supporters published a ‘hit-list’ targeting American government personnel, including our brave men and women in uniform," Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) said. "Authorities also arrested another ISIS-aligned radical in Arizona who helped a fighter travel to Syria for military training – stark reminders of the threats we face. We need vigilance and good intelligence here at home, and a strategy to root out the enemy abroad to combat and ultimately defeat Islamist extremists.”

Recent terrorist-related developments include the Aug. 21 attack attempt on a train in France. Ayoub El Khazzani was armed with 270 rounds of ammunition and is reported to have ties with ISIS, according to the report. The suspect was subdued before being able to carry out the attack.

The report also said that approximately 25,000 people globally have traveled to Iraq and Syria to join extremist groups including 4,500 individuals from the West.

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