The Islamic State is responsible for more terrorism cases being uncovered in the United States this year than in any year since the 9/11 attacks — and the number of cases involving "homegrown violent jihadists" has grown three-fold in the past five years.
And a year after the U.S.-led coalition began airstrikes against ISIS, they "have largely failed," according to the monthly "Terror Report Snapshot"
released Tuesday by the Republican members of the House Homeland Security Committee.
"The terror threat level in the U.S. homeland is high, and the situation is getting steadily worse," the report says, later adding, "globally, ISIS is fueling the Islamist terror wildfire — and at unprecedented speed."
In the United States, 48 people have been arrested or charged this year in "ISIS-related cases," the report says. That compared with 15 last year — and two later in the year after the 9/11 attacks.
"The cases involve … plotting attacks; attempting to travel to join ISIS overseas; sending money, equipment and weapons to terrorists; falsifying statements to federal authorities; and failing to report a felony," the report says.
In addition, the number of U.S. cases involving homegrown terrorists has jumped from 38 in July 2010 to 122 in August. Overall, authorities have uncovered 122 terrorism cases in the U.S. since 9/11.
More than 250 Americans are estimated to have traveled or have tried to flee to Syria to join ISIS this year — and "several dozen are currently believed to be fighting" with the group, the document says.
The report concludes that the airstrikes have failed to stop ISIS.
"Despite a year of airstrikes, U.S. intelligence agencies have reportedly concluded that the group is no weaker than it was before and can still muster 20,000 to 30,000 foot soldiers.
"ISIS has drawn fighters from more than 100 countries and includes "dozens" of Americans.
"These foreign fighters continue to recruit online and across borders to inspire new generations of extremists to join them overseas and to conduct attacks in their home countries," the report concludes.
Here are some other facts from the report:
- Since 2014, ISIS has been linked to 14 terrorism plots and 63 arrests or indictments in the U.S.
- Since early 2014, the majority of jihadist plots in the U.S. have included plans to kill police or U.S. soldiers.
- Islamic State terrorists have inspired or directed 55 terrorist plots or attacks against the West by the end of July, including 14 in the United States.
- Nearly twice as many ISIS-linked plots have occurred against the West so far this year — 35 — than in all of last year, which had 20.
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