FBI Director Says U.S. Remains Concerned About Domestic and Foreign Terrorism Threats

The United States remains concerned about security threats posed by domestic and foreign terrorist actors, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – May 27, 2022) The United States remains concerned about security threats posed by domestic and foreign terrorist actors, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday.

“The greatest terrorist threat to our homeland is posed by lone actors or small cells who typically become radicalized online and seek to attack soft targets with easily accessible weapons,” Wray said in testimony before the commission. Senate appropriations.

The assessment comes following an elementary school shooting in Texas that killed at least 21 people, as well as a supermarket shooting in New York by a suspected white supremacist that killed 10 people.

Active shooter incidents in the United States are up more than 50% in 2021 from a year earlier, the FBI said in a news release Monday.

The United States is also concerned about possible attacks by foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs) such as Islamic State and al-Qaeda (both banned in Russia) against domestic targets, according to Wray.

“The FBI remains concerned that FTOs, such as ISIS and al-Qaeda, intend to carry out or inspire large-scale attacks in the United States,” Wray said. “Despite its loss of physical territory in Iraq and Syria, ISIS remains relentless in its campaign of violence against the United States and our partners – both here at home and abroad.”

The Justice Department on Monday announced the arrest of a 52-year-old Iraqi citizen linked to Islamic State for plotting to assassinate former US President George W. Bush. The individual allegedly planned to smuggle four other Iraqi nations across the US-Mexico border to carry out the attack, according to the Justice Department.

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