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U.S. Arrests 60 Over Past Year In Connection With ISIS Plots

Over 60 men and women have been arrested and charged with ISIS-related terror plots inside the United States over the past year and a half.

Daily Mail Online released an analysis on Nov. 18 which compiled and details some of the prominent terror plots that have been thwarted by U.S. authorities in the past 18 months.  Some of the alleged plots include immigrants that are accused of holding sympathies for the terror group, but many of them also include American teenagers and converts to Islam.

One case involving refugees involve six Bosnian immigrants who fled their country to the U.S. during the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s.  Three were naturalized citizens while the other three were either held legal resident or refugee status.  They were charged in Feb. 2015 with financial and military assistance to terror groups such as ISIS and the Al-Nusra Front, a terror group affiliated with al-Qaeda.

In August 2014, U.S. officials confirmed the deaths of two native-born Minnesotans in Syria while fighting for ISIS.  Their deaths fueled fears that Minnesota, with a large community of Somali immigrants, was becoming a recruiting spot for Islamic terror networks.

One particularly troubling case is that of naturalized citizen Mufid Elgeeh, who was born in Yemen and ran a pizza and chicken shop until May 2014.  Elgeeh had reportedly been planning to shoot members of the U.S. military returning from Iraq and was arrested after buying two guns with silencers and ammunition.

CBS News reports Westerners joining the Islamic State contain a higher proportion of women than in the past, according to a new study from the New America Foundation.  The report found an acute threat coming from western Europe, where jihadist networks are well-established and where many citizens enjoy visa-free travel with the United States.

For the United States, the report found that the greatest threat in the near term is not ISIS itself but "ISIS-inspired violence," citing the shootings at the "Draw Muhammad Day" event in Garland, Texas where the attacker had tweeted his allegiance to the terror group.

Sources: Daily Mail, CBS News / Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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