More sophisticated terror attacks remain deadliest threat, DHS concludes

Despite fears rising globally about lone-wolf terrorist attacks inspired by extremists, more sophisticated foreign terrorist plots like those employing multiple forms of violence and direct involvement by terrorist organizations remain the deadliest threat, a new Homeland Security intelligence assessment concludes.

The assessment obtained by CNN analyzed 99 terror attacks linked to foreign terrorist organizations from 2014 to 2018, including events in North America, Australia and Europe. Only 24 of the incidents were in the US, but the assessment noted that similarities among Western countries still made the analysis useful.

According to the unclassified report by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis, recent extremist efforts to promote lone-wolf attacks employing tactics like stabbings and vehicle ramming still aren’t as effective — measured by deadliness — as more sophisticated attacks.

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Source: NBC