The United States is facing its biggest Islamic terror threat since 9/11, according to a new government report, and eight years of President Obama’s administration made it possible.
The House Homeland Security Committee’s December Terror Threat Snapshot, which was released Tuesday, reported that the U.S. and Europe will continue to see this threat in 2017, according to Fox News.
“Make no mistake: we face a deadlier threat than ever before not only because our enemies have gotten savvier, but because we took the pressure off them,” House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, said in a statement.
“For eight years, the Obama Administration reluctantly played global whack-a-mole with terrorists rather than leaning into the fight with decisive leadership,” the Republican congressman from Texas added.
Worldwide, ISIS carried out 62 attacks in 2016, injuring 732 people and killing 215 in several countries, including the United States, France, and Belgium.
Much of the threat to the U.S. comes from those radicalized at home, according to the report.
Fox News reported:
According to the report, ISIS’ shift in messaging from joining the jihad in Syria and Iraq to carrying out attacks in fighters’ home countries is likely to accelerate the trend of at-home radicalization. At the same time, terrorists are also relying on refugee programs, porous borders, and well-known migration routes to gain access to various countries throughout the West.
According to the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), individuals with ties to terrorist groups in Syria are attempting to gain entry to the United States through the U.S. refugee program, which has resettled nearly 13,000 Syrian refugees across the nation this year.
“The attack last week at Ohio State University is further proof that our homeland remains in the crosshairs of Islamist terrorists,” McCaul said. “Groups like ISIS are radicalizing new operatives from within our borders, and just this week, their new spokesman called for more inspired attacks by supporters ‘all over the world’.”
The Committee’s report also noted that 115 people in the United States were arrested and four others outside of the country were charged in ISIS-linked cases since 2014.
“The Trump Administration will inherit a generational struggle that has only gotten longer,” McCaul said. “But rest assured, we will work closely with them to turn the table on these fanatics.”
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