May 21, 2015
- Bin Laden Raid Documents Disclose Terror Plots Aimed at Westerners, Jews – Nicole Gaouette and David Lerman
The U.S. on Wednesday released a trove of documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan in 2011 that underscored his preoccupation with attacking U.S. and Western targets. A document labeled “Report on the external operations” said the priority is “putting the Jews first” as targets and that there was progress in “cooperating with two groups who are working in the same fields.” (Bloomberg)
- White House Steps Up Warnings about Terrorism on U.S. Soil – Brian Bennett
Alarmed about the growing threat from Islamic State, the Obama administration has dramatically stepped up warnings of potential terrorist attacks on American soil. U.S. authorities also have raised defenses at U.S. military bases, put local police forces on alert and increased surveillance at the nation’s airports, railroads, shopping malls, energy plants and other potential targets.
U.S. officials estimate the Sunni Muslim group has drawn 22,000 foreign fighters to Syria and Iraq, including about 3,700 from Western nations. About 180 Americans have gone, or tried to go. James B. Comey, the FBI director, warned this month that “hundreds, maybe thousands” of Americans are seeing recruitment pitches from Islamic State on social media. “It’s like the devil sitting on their shoulders saying, ‘Kill, kill, kill,'” Comey said. (Los Angeles Times)