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DHS Issues Fresh Warning Of Terrorism, Citing 'Diverse And Challenging Threat Environment'

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USA Today

DHS Issues Fresh Warning Of Terrorism, Citing 'Diverse And Challenging Threat Environment'

by Kevin Johnson and Josh Meyer

Federal authorities extended a national terror warning, citing a "challenging threat environment" in part related to the chaotic U.S. exit from Afghanistan where there are increasing concerns for the reconstitution of terror groups, including al Qaeda and ISIS.

The new Department of Homeland Security bulletin, which takes effect today, builds on an alert issued in advance of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacksand the looming threat posed by domestic violent extremists as a busy holiday season approaches.

In September, FBI Director Christopher Wray referred to the rising domestic terror threat, telling a Senate committee that domestic terror cases had more than doubled since early 2020. 

"The Homeland continues to face a diverse and challenging threat environment as it approaches several religious holidays and associated mass gatherings that in the past have served as potential targets for acts of violence," the bulletin said. "These threats include those posed by individuals and small groups engaged in violence, including domestic violent extremists and those inspired or motivated by foreign terrorists and other malign foreign influences."

Authorities, however, noted that intelligence gathered so far has not identified a "imminent and credible threat to a specific location in the United States."

Full story https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/11/11/dhs-terror-threat-warning-extended-amid-challenging-environment/6385107001/