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US officials warn of potential ISIS attack in the United States

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

After the arrest of six individuals in the U.S. for alleged ties to ISIS-K, some U.S. officials told CNN that a “dangerous” ISIS-linked cell could carry out an attack on U.S. soil.

CNN reported that some U.S. security officials believe that the withdrawal from Afghanistan has reduced the country’s ability to gather intelligence on terrorism threats there.

Earlier, the New York Post, citing informed sources, reported that six Tajikistani citizens were arrested in three U.S. cities for alleged membership in ISIS-K.

U.S. intelligence officials are acutely aware of intelligence gathering gaps in Afghanistan, which is said to be the base for ISIS-K.

According to CNN, U.S. officials believe ISIS-K is focusing on radicalizing and inspiring attackers, significantly increasing its propaganda efforts online instead of conducting training and field operations.

According to CNN, instead of training and deploying fighters, ISIS is focusing on radicalizing vulnerable populations, and terrorism experts say that citizens of Tajikistan, one of the poorest countries in the world, are more vulnerable to recruitment by ISIS due to severe religious repression.

Colin Clarke, a terrorism specialist, said that ISIS is boosting its propaganda to reach “diasporas currently in Europe, North America, and Central Asia, encouraging people to carry out attacks.”

Two U.S. officials also stated that immigration and intelligence officials are closely monitoring anyone traveling from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan to the United States.

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