Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) today released December’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.
- November 13, 2018: Amor M. Ftouhi, 51, of Quebec, Canada, who in June 2017 traveled from Canada to the U.S. and attacked a police officer at an airport in Flint, Michigan, was found guilty of three separate charges, including terrorism transcending national boundaries. Ftouhi described himself as a “soldier of Allah” and stated that he subscribed to Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden’s ideology.
- November 1, 2018: Dias Muratovich Kadyrbayev, 24, a citizen of Kazakhstan, was deported by ICE officials following his release from prison for his role in the Boston Bombings. Kadyrbayev was charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice for removing and disposing of incriminatory items from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dorm room.
- The U.S.-backed SDF has resumed its offensive against ISIS, after a pause in ground operations. During this time airstrikes from the coalition continued. To the east, the Iraqi government deployed approximately 10,000 troops supported by 20,000 PMF troops to secure the Iraqi-Syrian border and prevent ISIS fighters from entering the country. This announcement came shortly before a UN report outlining the horrific details of 200 mass gravesites in Iraqi towns and cities formerly controlled by ISIS.
- November 7, 2018: Ahmed Alahmedalabdaloklah, 41, of Syria, was sentenced to life plus 30 years in prison for conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, conspiring to destroy U.S. property by means of explosive, and conspiracy to possess a destructive device. Alahmedalabdaloklah worked as a bomb-maker between 2005 and 2010 in Iraq for the 1920 Revolutions Brigade, an insurgent group that targeted U.S. military personnel. He moved to China to continue his work, after a massive weapons cache known as the Omar Cache was discovered with his DNA. He was detained in Turkey in 2011 and extradited to the U.S. in 2014.
- The U.S. Department of State designated Jawad Nasrallah, the son of Hezbollah’s leader; Hajji ‘Abd al-Nasir, a senior member of ISIS; and Al-Mujahidin Brigades, a military organization operating in Palestine, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. This designation imposes sanctions on them, blocks all property and interests subject to U.S. jurisdiction, and prohibits U.S. entities from engaging in business.
The complete December Terror Threat Snapshot is available, here.
View the Committee’s interactive Terror Threat Snapshot, here.
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