ISIS has managed to violently spread their influence across the Middle East and as we know they have inspired many attacks across the country including the devastating massacre in Paris.
It is well known that ISIS has plans of launching more attacks in Europe and the United States and now we are learning that the Department of Homeland Security is warning Americans of a possible attack in our nation’s capital.
Homeland Security officials are raising the chilling possibility of a terrorist attack at hotels or conference centers in Washington, D.C., in the wake of a ISIS video warning of a Paris-style attack in the United States, according to a research group that collects data on radical Islamic terrorist groups.
The bulletin doesn’t mention any specific intelligence or concerns about an imminent attack, according to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, which posted news of the bulletin on Friday.
But earlier in the week, an English-speaking ISIS jihadi posted a chilling warning of an attack on America “very soon,” the Daily Mail has reported.
“Paris isn’t far from you – we will by Allah’s permission do to your country what we did to Paris,” the terrorist declares in the video, the Daily Mail reports.
“We will kill, slaughter and burn your people. Inshallah (God willing), we will attack you very soon with anything we lay our hands on.”
According to IPT, the bulletin was prepared, with FBI participation, by the Washington Regional Threat Analysis Center, the National Counterterrorism Tracking Center, and the District of Columbia Hotel Security Director’s Association.
“Many hotels in the District of Columbia often host dignitaries, large numbers of people in enclosed space, and special events,” the bulletin says, IPT reports. “Nefarious actors can exploit the need to balance customer service and security at conference hotels, as found in an August 2014 exercise in which DHS-led teams successfully infiltrated a conference hotel by circumventing facility security measures.”
It doesn’t like this is a warning about an imminent attack but it’s hard to tell with threats like this and who really knows how far along ISIS is with their plans.
Government officials are working tirelessly and bravely to protect us from terror but at the same time we know that sometimes people can fall through the cracks like they did in the Boston marathon bombing.
Obviously we should all be on our toes looking out for suspicious activity but the people of D.C. should be a little extra careful and observant based on this report.