ISIS In America? New Threats Grow Fears Of Terrorist Attacks On U.S. Soil

Effie Orfanides

ISIS has quickly become the most dangerous terror group in the world, and after taking responsibility for two attacks over the past couple of weeks, many Americans are wondering if the U.S. is next. Those living in large cities that could potentially be targets (including Boston and New York City) have noticed increased police presence at airports and historical landmarks following the terrorist attacks in Paris, France, on Friday, November 13.

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"It's not just Europe. I think we here in the United States need to be obviously quite vigilant. Their agenda is to kill. Pure and simple," said CIA Director John Brennan. The country is currently operating under a heightened security level, but maintains that there hasn't been a "specific, credible threat made to the homeland," despite ISIS' recent message about Washington, D.C.

Members of ISIS were responsible for the deaths of 129 people in six different locations in Paris on Friday. So far, three suicide bombers have been identified as Frenchmen Samy Amimour, Ismael Omar Mostefai, and Bilal Hadfi, according to CNN. Police are still searching for other men who may have been involved in the attack.

One of those men is ISIS supporter Salah Abdeslam, pictured below.

"The Russians did not acknowledge that the Islamic State had planted the bomb. But the Russian attacks that followed on parts of Syria held by the Islamic State, presented in the live television briefing, left no doubt that the Russians were intent on showing they blamed the group."

According to the Washington Post, a former senior FBI official recently said that the United States is safer than a region overseas because there is an ocean separating the continents. However, many are curious about potential ISIS members who may already be living in this country illegally or otherwise.

The Washington Post reported this interesting statistic about ISIS supporters, which is undoubtedly something to think about.

"In the past 18 months, the FBI has charged more than 60 people in connection with the Islamic State. Many could face years in prison if convicted, meaning the FBI won't have to devote resources to tracking their movements."

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