The House Homeland Security Committee released its “Terror Gone Viral” report that shows that the wave of terror attacks in the past month have helped ISIS reach a record-level of plotting following the attacks in Germany, France and Orlando.
“ISIS terrorists have reached an alarming and horrific milestone, continuing their unprecedented pace of global terror,” House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) said. “Never before have we seen so many jihadist plots against the West in such a short period of time. What’s worse, our communities have now become the battleground, and our enemies are hiding in plain sight.
“ISIS has remotely radicalized operatives to carry out attacks, including right here in the homeland, and they are increasingly dispatching their own operatives for deadlier and more complex plots. This is the consequence of our failure to take the fight to the enemy overseas. And it should be a wake-up call that we need to get serious about destroying ISIS—not eventually, but immediately.”
The report found that the U.S. remains the top target with more than 40 plots directed at Americans and that ISIS attacks have resulted in more than 1,600 casualties. The report also found that most ISIS-linked operations have been carried out by independent followers and that 40 percent of plots have been aimed at government, military and law enforcement targets.