According to Dr Sally Leivesley, a specialist in catastrophic and extreme risk, the number of terror attacks in the U.S. will likely increase in the coming months. Dr. Leivesley told a gathering of security experts in London that the U.S., “is just on the cusp of starting this rollover of attacks which turn into persistent and supported attacks by recruited people in these countries.”
She specifically warned of threats to airports in North America and Europe, calling on airlines and governments to step up their security in order to prevent terror attacks.
Additionally, according to FBI Director James Comey, an unprecedented surge of ISIS fighters will advance into Western nations as the terror group has been losing ground in Iraq and Syria.
Comey told a Senate panel that once ISIS’ caliphate is “crushed,” the result will be an increase in terror attacks on the West, as jihadists begin leaving the region.
“There will be a terrorist diaspora sometime in the next two to five years like we’ve never seen before,” Comey said.
On the other hand, the number of Americans traveling to Syria to join ISIS is on a sharp decline, according to Comey. As far as terror attacks go, however, ISIS is not the only threat, says Nicholas Rasmussen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center. He said that intelligence officials remain very apprehensive in regard to the potential for attacks carried out by Al Qaeda and its affiliates.
These warnings were issued at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing focused on threats 15 years after the 9/11 attacks. Committee chairman, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), pointed out that the U.S. has seen a spike in attacks carried out by terrorists.
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