DHS: Al Qaeda- and ISIS-Linked Terrorists Exploiting Online Presence To Encourage Attacks in US

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) connected Wednesday issued a terrorism advisory, informing that that al Qaeda- and ISIS-linked terrorists are apt to support an online beingness successful an effort to animate U.S.-based individuals to prosecute successful convulsive activity, pursuing the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

In its latest National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) bulletin, published connected Nov. 10, the DHS warned that convulsive extremist media branches of al-Qa’ida and its affiliates, arsenic good arsenic the Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham (ISIS), person “celebrated perceived victories implicit the United States” pursuing the 20th day of the 9/11 attacks and the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The panic groups person besides utilized their online beingness to promote the usage of unit by their followers and supporters to “further their objectives.”

“The Homeland continues to look a divers and challenging menace situation arsenic it approaches respective spiritual holidays and associated wide gatherings that successful the past person served arsenic imaginable targets for acts of violence,” the DHS cautioned. “These actors proceed to exploit online forums to power and dispersed convulsive extremist narratives and beforehand convulsive activity.”

It warns that overseas groups specified arsenic al-Qaida and the Islamic State celebrated the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and whitethorn usage it to promote unit by their supporters.

A elder homeland information authoritative told CBS News that overseas groups are “trying to promote unit by lone wolves.”

“The benignant of contented we’re seeing ranges from videos to online magazines,” the authoritative said. “The videos volition precise often incorporate precise graphic and convulsive content, a method utilized for years present by the Islamic State- and al Qaeda-related media operations, erstwhile seeking to animate acts of violence.”

“It’s precise wide that the taxable promoted by media operations [associated with al Qaeda and ISIS] is to behaviour attacks successful the West,” the authoritative added.

Epoch Times Photo This image, posted connected the net connected April 11, 2007, allegedly shows 1 of the termination bombers liable for an onslaught successful Algeria claimed by an Al-Qaeda affiliate. (AFP via Getty Images)

The DHS added successful its 4th bulletin this twelvemonth nevertheless that arsenic of Nov. 10, it isn’t alert of an imminent and credible menace to immoderate circumstantial determination successful the United States.

The advisory besides highlights the perceived information from a volatile premix of home extremists, often motivated by racially oregon ethnically motivated hate, reflecting a displacement from the absorption connected al-Qaida and different organizations pursuing the instauration of DHS aft the 9/11 attacks.

Timothy Langan, the adjunct manager of the FBI’s counterterrorism division, made akin points past week successful an quality earlier the House quality committee. He said the menace from home coercion has “significantly increased” successful the past 18 months, with the bureau presently conducting astir 2,700 investigations connected convulsive home extremists.

“The top coercion menace facing our homeland is that posed by lone actors successful tiny cells, who typically radicalize online, look to usage easy accessible weapons to onslaught brushed targets,” Langan said.

DHS has said it is moving with the FBI, authorities and section instrumentality enforcement, and overseas counterparts and has besides accrued grants and grooming to community-based prevention programs to code the threat.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Isabel van Brugen is an award-winning writer and presently a quality newsman astatine The Epoch Times. She holds a master's successful paper journalism from City, University of London.

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