IC: U.S. Likely to See Homegrown Sunni Violent Extremist Attacks ‘With Little or No Warning’

By Terence P. Jeffrey | May 11, 2017 | 6:32pm EDT
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, May 11, 2017. (Screen Capture)

(CNSNews.com) - In the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community for 2017 that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats delivered to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today, the IC predicted there will probably be terrorist attacks in the United States conducted by “U.S.-based homegrown violent extremists” whom it called “the most frequent and unpredictable Sunni violent extremist threat to the United States.”

The threat assessment also said “a small number of foreign-based Sunni violent extremist groups will also pose a threat to the US homeland.”

“US-based homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) will remain the most frequent and unpredictable Sunni violent extremist threat to the US homeland,” the threat assessment said in a section entitled “Terrorist Threat to the United States.”

“They will be spurred on by terrorist groups’ public calls to carry out attacks in the West,” said the assessment. “The threat of HVE attacks will persist, and some attacks will probably occur with little or no warning.

“In 2016,” said the assessment, “16 HVEs were arrested, and three died in attacks against civilian soft targets. Those detained were arrested for a variety of reasons, including attempting travel overseas for jihad and plotting attacks in the United States.

“In addition to the HVE threat, a small number of foreign-based Sunni violent extremist groups will also pose a threat to the US homeland and continue publishing multilingual propaganda that calls for attacks against US and Western interests in the US homeland and abroad,” said the assessment.

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