FBI Director Warns of Jihadist Attack in US Similar to Russian Concert Hall: ‘Increased Terrorist Threat’

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FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday that there is growing concern about a potential coordinated attack in the United States, similar to the Islamic State attack in the Khorasan province (ISIS-K) in March at a concert hall in Russia.

Wray met with the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies to make his case on the department’s request for $11.3 billion in FY25, or $661 million dollars more than last year.

He told subcommittee members that when they met last year, he explained to them how the United States was already in a heightened threat environment and that since then, threats from foreign terrorists have reached another level.

“Just during my time as FBI Director, we disrupted multiple terrorist attacks in cities and communities across the country. We need funding to continue protecting America from terrorism,” he said.

Wray went on to say that since October. On September 7, the FBI saw a “rogue gallery” of foreign terrorist organizations calling for attacks against the United States and its allies.

“Given these calls for action, our most immediate concern has been that individuals or small groups may be inspired by events in the Middle East to carry out attacks here at home,” he said. .

“But now, on top of that, there is growing concern about the potential for a coordinated attack here in our country, much like the ISIS-K attack we saw in the Russian concert hall last March. . »

On March 22, the Crocus City concert hall in Moscow was attacked by terrorists, leaving 137 people dead and more than 180 injured.

On March 22, the Crocus City concert hall in Moscow was attacked by terrorists, leaving 137 people dead and more than 180 injured. AFP via Getty Images

The gunmen who carried out the attack were identified by Russian media as Tajik nationals. After entering with automatic weapons, the terrorists opened fire indiscriminately on the 6,200-seat venue.

Wray also spoke of an elevated threat to the Jewish community in the United States, which was already in place before October. 7, but has increased since then.

He said the increase in hate crimes increased by 60% in the first four months after October. 7.

Although not all hate crimes targeted the Jewish community — some targeted Muslim Americans, Arab Americans and others — the vast majority targeted Jews, Wray said.

“They are the target of jihadist-inspired foreign terrorists, whether ISIS, Al-Qaeda or others,” the FBI director said.

Wray also spoke of an elevated threat to the Jewish community in the United States, which was already in place before October. 7, but has increased since then. REUTERS

“They are the target of Shiite terrorists, Iran and its proxies. They’re targeted by domestic violent extremists, you know, white supremacists and others, as well as anarchists and some people who are, you know, pro-Palestinian and so on.

“So they have the tragic distinction of actually being the target of almost every type of terrorist organization that exists, foreign and domestic, across the board,” Wray continued. “And so, they desperately need our help, and we’re going to give it to them.” »

But in terms of the budget, Wray told the subcommittee that if Congress cuts the budget, it would have “very significant” consequences.

He told partners that the FBI would not be able to fill about 1,000 positions, meaning the work the agency does to protect people from terrorism would be insufficient.

“This represents less advice and leads followed; Fewer terrorist attacks detected. This is a major concern in an environment of increased terrorist threat,” Wray said.

“It helps terrorists, cartels, violent gangs, the Chinese government, hackers, child predators. I can go on and on.

Wray was asked how the FBI prioritizes its resources to be able to protect communities from various threats, and he identified a major concern that drives any prioritization.

“Terrorism, which includes both foreign terrorism and domestic terrorism, remains our number one priority,” Wray said.





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