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.
Security is being stepped up around the world. Armed police can be seen patrolling Times Square in New York. pic.twitter.com/bT2lPMRGox
— godinhistory (@godinhistory) November 14, 2015
According to ABC News, ISIS has released a new video that threatens the nation’s capital. The terrorist group, who claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks, warned that what happened in France was “just the beginning.” It’s clear that ISIS has been planning and plotting and that more attacks are in the works.
“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.
Over two weeks ago, a bomb downed a Russian jet over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board. According to the New York Times, the Russians have not confirmed whether or not they believe that ISIS was responsible for downing the plane, but their actions following the tragedy speak for themselves.
“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.”
While most Americans aren’t living their lives in fear, there are certainly concerns over what kind of attack could happen on U.S. soil. After 9/11, people know that this country is on the radar, and that bad things can happen here.
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.”
And take a look at this chart. It shows the United States as being the fourth country where ISIS supporters send tweets from.
I am VERY CONCERNED when the 4th most prevalent ISIS supporters tweeters comes FROM THE US?!?!?!?!?!?! pic.twitter.com/VLPw7jBt5Q
— Scott Bergman (@Vineyard_Winery) November 17, 2015
News that Barack Obama is willing to bring Syrian refugees into the United States has sparked major controversy and concern… and comments like this one. While not everyone from Syria is connected to ISIS, the numbers projected below are certainly alarming. Things like this have been circulating on social media for weeks.
— EagleGraphs (@EagleGraphs) November 16, 2015
Do you think America is safe from another major terrorist attack? Do you think the United States is doing enough to put an end to ISIS? Sound off in the comments below.
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