Firearm Recoveries Rise 3 Percent in New Jersey; Overall Deaths from Terrorism Fall Globally, But Increase in United States and West; Hate Crimes in United States Rise 5 Percent in 2016
Texas Church Shooting Again Raises Security Concerns for Congregations; As ISIS Evaporates in Iraq and Syria, it Maintains Propaganda and Footholds Elsewhere; United States Seeks Extradition of Filipino Doctor Accused in NYC Bomb Plot
Journal of Suspect in NJ Killing Reveals Goal of Funding Overseas Travel; Documents from Bin Laden Compound Give Details on al-Qa’ida’s Relationship with Iran; Opening Arguments Expected in Trial of Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy
An NJOHSP review of anti-government attacks in the United States indicates such groups and individuals are largely inexperienced in constructing explosive devices to conduct attacks, allowing law enforcement to disrupt their attempts in advance.
Yesterday, an ISIS-inspired individual carried out an attack in Lower Manhattan, killing eight and injuring 12, according to initial reports. This is the first vehicle-ramming incident a homegrown violent extremist has conducted in the United States since November 2016, when Abdul Artan drove his car into pedestrians on Ohio State University’s campus, injuring 11.
Recruiting Posters for White Nationalist Group Found on Rutgers Campuses; Passengers Flying to United States Get Additional Screening; As ‘Caliphate’ Crumbles, Report Estimates Thousands of Foreign Fighters Have Returned Home
Convicted Bomber from New Jersey Faces Life in Prison; Massachusetts Man Convicted in ISIS-Inspired Plot Against Blogger; Man Who Tried to Join al-Qa’ida Branch Thanks Government for Stopping Him
Truck Explosions Kill Hundreds in Somalia; Atlantic County Women Arrested With Rifle, Explosives After Tip; United States Issues Bounties on Hizballah Figures
Al-Qa’ida will likely leverage Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) to rebrand itself as a moderate alternative to ISIS and reassert its influence in Syria, as HTS continues to garner support among rebel factions, consolidate power in Idlib, and control resources in the region.
Terrorist organizations in North Africa—namely al-Shabaab, al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and Boko Haram—continue to kidnap Westerners for political leverage and fundraising, potentially
impacting business operations for New Jersey-based companies with locations in the region. At this time, NJOHSP has no specific or credible information that these groups are explicitly targeting New Jersey companies or their employees.
Jurors in Trial of NJ-NY Bombing Suspect See Video of Man Dragging Suitcases; Explosion Aftermath; Prosecutors Reveal Arrests and Guilty Plea in 2016 NYC Terror Plot; Attacker Killed by French Soldiers After Fatally Stabbing 2 Women
Somali National Conducts Vehicle and Stabbing Attack in Canada; Neo-Nazi Leader Pleads Guilty to Firearms and Explosives Charges in Florida; Brooklyn Trial Nears End for US-Born Man Accused of Aiding al-Qa'ida
In July, Australian authorities arrested two brothers, Khaled and Mahmoud Khayat, who allegedly plotted to target a commercial airliner in Sydney, possibly on behalf of ISIS.
ISIS continues to direct and inspire individuals to carry out attacks in Europe and Australia, leveraging existing familial and virtual ties, exploiting Muslim diaspora communities, and promoting unsophisticated attack methods to target the West.
Fliers for ‘Alt-Right’ and Identity Evropa Placed at College Campus in Atlantic County; Illinois Teacher; Tennessee Church Usher Hailed for Disrupting Separate Shootings; One Man Charged in Botched Bombing of London Subway; 3 Others Remain in Custody
There is no predictable timeframe from when a homegrown violent extremist (HVE) radicalizes to when they act out violently, underscoring the need for public education campaigns to assist in identifying behavior changes indicative of radicalization.
White supremacist extremists often use imagery that can be broken down into four categories—traditional, religious, Nazi-related, and Internet-based—to convey their ideology, show support for a specific group, or intimidate minority populations. These symbols should not automatically be assumed to be hate-related, but should be evaluated in the context in which they are used.
White Supremacist Posters Found on More College Campuses; Dozens Burned When Homemade Bomb Explodes on London Subway; Data on White Supremacist Violent Crime Remains Elusive
Posting Takes Credit for Massive Hack of Equifax and Demands Multi-Million Dollar Ransom; Philadelphia Mother of 2 Gets 8-Year Term for Attempt to Support ISIS; Why They Fight: Interviews Uncover Motivation for ISIS and PKK Combatants
Police Arrest Suspects in Violence at Charlottesville Rally; Two Men Suspected of Support for Terror Groups; UN Report Finds al-Qa’ida Remains Reslient