On the basis of a recent video released by Islamic State terrorists warning of a Paris-style attack in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security is warning of the possibility of the group targeting Washington, D.C.-area hotels and convention centers.
There was nothing in the DHS bulletin that referred to “specific intelligence or concerns of an imminent attack,” the Investigative Project on Terrorism reported; although, the video was enough to raise at least a general alarm.
“Paris isn’t far from you – we will by Allah’s permission do to your country what we did to Paris. We will kill, slaughter and burn your people,” the narrator in the Islamic State video said. “Inshallah (God willing), we will attack you very soon with anything we lay our hands on.”
Washington, D.C., was repeatedly threatened in the video by the terrorists group, which has previously targeted hotels in Tunisia, India and Jordan.
“Many hotels in the District of Columbia often host dignitaries, large numbers of people in enclosed space, and special events … Nefarious actors can exploit the need to balance customer service and security at conference hotels, as found in an August 2014 exercise in which DHS-led teams successfully infiltrated a conference hotel by circumventing facility security measures,” the bulletin said, which was prepared with FBI assistance.
The IPT reported:
DHS notes in the bulletin that the FBI previously disrupted a plot involving a threat against a Washington-area hotel in October 2010 when it arrested Ahmed Farooque of Ashburn, Va.
It suggests responses to attacks using small arms, improvised explosive devices (IEDS) and to car or truck bombs
“Conference hotels in the District of Columbia are vulnerable to this type of attack; they often do not have an outside security perimeter or additional security in their parking facilities, potentially rendering them vulnerable to [car or truck bomb] placements,” the DHS bulletin said.
Here’s the Islamic State video via the Daily Mail.