Fears of ISIS in America may be justified by a new 2015 map, which shows the locations by state. Not only do we see ISIS in California, but the terrorists are apparently operating in states like New York, Minnesota, Texas, and others. The new report also challenges the stereotype that these ISIS terrorists are most likely to be Arab or Middle Eastern men.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, United States officials have confirmed that Syed Rizwan Farook’s wife, Tashfeen Malik, made a pledge of allegiance to the ISIS terrorist group shortly before the San Bernardino, California attack began. In response, some say that Facebook needs an American flag filter so Facebook users can show solidarity against ISIS and other terrorist groups.
Unfortunately, the threat of a terrorist attack by ISIS in America is scarily real. Michael Morell, the former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the CIA, believes that “ISIS will strike America” and notes how the “FBI has over 900 open investigations into homegrown extremists.”
ISIS made many threats against America in 2015, but one specifically said that California would be targeted within six months.
“We have 71 trained soldiers in 15 different states ready at our word to attack any target we desire. Out of the 71 trained soldiers 23 have signed up for missions like Sunday, We are increasing in number bithnillah [if God wills]. Of the 15 states, 5 we will name… Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, California, and Michigan…The next six months will be interesting.”
There were also literal signs of ISIS in West Virginia. Someone left a sign at a local war memorial in Marmet which said, “Support ISIS and the Taliban.” Another sign cursed at “incestuous rednecks.”
“There are areas in the United States that are not too far from here, that have very large populations that are being recruited for ISIS right now,” claimed Fusion Intelligence Center Director Thomas Kirk. “There are people associated with Al Qaeda, there are people on the Terrorist Watch List who travel through West Virginia, whether it’s through the airports or through the roads.”
But President Barack Obama believes that Americans should not be unduly concerned.
“ISIL will not pose an existential threat to us,” Obama stated, shortly before the ISIS attack in California. “They are a dangerous organization like al Qaeda was, but we have hardened our defenses The American people should feel confident that, you know, we are going to be able to defend ourselves and make sure that, you know, we have a good holiday and go about our lives.”
A new report called “ISIS in America: From Retweets to Raqqa” claims that hundreds of people have been identified as American ISIS recruits or supporters of the Islamic State.
“ISIS-related mobilization in the United States has been unprecedented. As of the fall of 2015, U.S. authorities speak of some 250 Americans who have traveled or attempted to travel to Syria/Iraq to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and 900 active investigations against ISIS sympathizers in all 50 states.”
Since March of 2014, 71 people have been charged and arrested for ISIS-related activities inside America, and 51 individuals were arrested in 2015 alone. The report does not account for the recent San Bernardino shooting, but it does provide a profile of the average ISIS member.
- The average age is 26.
- 86 percent are male.
- Their activities were located in 21 states.
- 51 percent traveled or attempted to travel abroad.
- 27 percent were involved in plots to carry out attacks on U.S. soil.
- 55 percent were arrested in an operation involving an informant and/or an undercover agent.
The report also provided a map of the arrested ISIS members living inside the United States. While California and Texas have suffered from ISIS attacks, the highest number of arrests were made with ISIS in New York and Minnesota.
Although the typical stereotype for an ISIS terrorist limits them to being Arab or Middle Eastern men, the report says “ISIS supporters who have been charged come from a wide range of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.”
“The profiles of individuals involved in ISIS-related activities in the U.S. differ widely in race, age, social class, education, and family background,” said the report from the Program on Extremism at The George Washington University. “Their motivations are equally diverse and defy easy analysis.”
As an example, an ISIS member in Florida named Joshua Ryne Goldberg was arrested for plotting an attack in Kansas, but he was a white man of Jewish heritage.
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