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
An NJOHSP review of violent protests nationwide indicates an increase in confrontations between white supremacists, militia members, and counter-protesters—including anti-fascist anarchist extremists. Since 2016, there have been at least 11 violent protests in the United States, resulting in one death, at least 75 injuries, and over 300 arrests.
In the past six months, Vanguard America—a white supremacist group—has expanded beyond Internet-based activity to attending violent protests nationwide, distributing propaganda, and intimidating minority populations. The leader of the group claims there are approximately 200 members in 20 states, including New Jersey.
Demonstrations Complicated by Attendance of Militia 'Security' Forces and Antifa Militants; Raids Uncovered Terrorist Cell and More Suspects Following Deadly Vehicle Attack in Spain; Amid Decline in Fighters and Territory, ISIS Still Deadliest Terror Group
On August 18, ISIS claimed responsibility for two vehicle-ramming attacks that occurred last week in Barcelona and Cambrils, Spain, that killed 15 and injured over 100. These incidents are the seventh and eighth such attacks in Europe in 2017 and highlight the threat posed to public assembly areas.
On June 1, federal authorities arrested two individuals tied to Hizballah’s Islamic Jihad Organization (IJO)—which is responsible for planning intelligence-gathering, counterintelligence, and terrorist activities on behalf of the group internationally—for attempting to provide material support, among other charges. Ali Mohamad Kourani conducted surveillance on a variety of targets in New York City, including FBI offices, an Army National Guard facility, a US Secret Service facility, a US Army armory, and John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport.
Al-Qa’ida Publication Offers Strategies to Derail Trains in the United States and Europe; Stabbings in Finland and Siberia Examined for ISIS Connections; Al-Shabaab Co-Founder Surrenders and Urges Others to Quit the Somali Terror Group