Following an indirect threat from the Islamic State that 71 “trained” jihadists are prepared to launch attacks in the United States, the US Military raised their threat alert levels to “Force Protection Bravo”, Thursday evening. This is the highest threat alert level that based have raised since September 11th, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11/01 World Trade Center attacks.
CNN is reporting that an unnamed American official divulged that the military has raised its terrorism threat levels to the highest point since 9/11/2011. The new threat level, known as “Force Protection Bravo” is defined by the Pentagon as an “increased and predictable threat of terrorism.” The official confirmed that the head of the US Northern Command, William Gortney, signed the order to raise the threat level.
Breitbart reports that Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, is quoted as having recently said that threats such as those posed by the Islamic State should be “taken seriously” and that their ability to inspire home-grown terrorists is “concerning”.
Despite this, there is little to no evidence that the Islamic State directly influenced the Garland attack last Sunday. Instead the attackers organized and brought to fruition what experts have long feared: a “lone wolf” style attack. In addition, experts have suggested that the shooters in Garland organized the attack in hopes of integrating themselves with the Islamic State’s leadership.
One of the shooters, Nadir Soofi of Phoenix, Arizona was known to have recently spoken about radical Islam with his family, but was not on the FBI’s radar. The FBI claims that the other shooter, Elton Simpson, had only recently shown up on their radar again after social media activity emanating from his account referenced the social media tag, “#TexasAttack”.
Has jihad finally come to America? The US Military sure seems to think so. The Islamic State isn’t much of a JV team anymore, are they, Mr. President?