Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security released a bulletin that indicated hotels and conference centers in Washington D.C. may be at an increased risk of a terror attack.
An English-speaking member of the terror group ISIS released a video online, threatening a Paris-like attack on America, promising to ” kill, burn and slaughter” Americans.
The narrator of the video spoke directly to President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, saying: “[H]aven’t you learned your lesson yet? Fighting the Islamic Caliphate is making you lose lots of wealth and even losing the lives of your army as well as your people.”
“Paris isn’t far from you – we will by Allah’s permission do to your country what we did to Paris. We will kill, slaughter and burn your people.
‘Inshallah (God willing), we will attack you very soon with anything we lay our hands on.”
The video ends with footage from conflicts in the Middle East.
Watch the video below:
Due to this video and the threats therein, the Washington Regional Threat Analysis Center, the National Counterterrorism Tracking Center, and the District of Columbia Hotel Security Director’s Association, along with the FBI, compiled a bulletin that insisted that Washington D.C. hotels and conference centers are at an increased risk of seeing a terrorist-related attack.
“Many hotels in the District of Columbia often host dignitaries, large numbers of people in enclosed space, and special events … Nefarious actors can exploit the need to balance customer service and security at conference hotels, as found in an August 2014 exercise in which DHS-led teams successfully infiltrated a conference hotel by circumventing facility security measures,” the bulletin said.
The DHS also noted in the bulletin that they managed to foil a plot in which a Washington D.C.-area hotel was threatened. Ahmed Farooque of Ashburn, Va. was arrested in that situation.
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