A high level US security chief is warning Isis fanatics and other terrorists groups are planning massive attack on USA soil. They are planning for huge explosions that inflict wide scale death and destruction.
Elaine Duke, the acting Secretary of Homeland Security for President Donald Trump, said jihadists were using crude knife and van attacks to keep their members engaged and their finances flowing as they plot another ‘big explosion’ similar to the September 2001 atrocities.
The Security chief spoke of the massive terror plot at the US embassy in London. She said Intelligence has picked up on plans to take control of airplanes and crash them trying to cause mass civilian casualties.
Elaine Duke is very experienced having served three US presidents. She said: ‘The terrorist organisations, be it ISIS or others, want to have the big explosion like they did on 9/11. They want to take down aircraft, the intelligence is clear on that.
‘However, in the interim they need to keep their finances flowing and they need to keep their visibility high and they need to keep their members engaged, so they are using small plots and they are happy to have small plots.’
She added: ‘Creating terror is their goal and so a van attack, a bladed weapon attack, causes terror and continues to disrupt the world – but does not mean they’ve given up on a major aviation plot.’
One of the identified threats is terrorists using a laptop to blow up a plane. The threat level faced by America is extremely high.
When asked how the US is tackling the threat of another 9/11-style atrocity, she said: ‘We have worked on some strong measures that we can’t talk about. We are trying to play the away game and that is working against them in their terrorist safe havens and homes.’
‘We do have some terrorist groups on the move, you just saw the take-over of Raqqa and so if we can keep them declining and moving they have less time to sit and prepare.’
What cannot be underestimated according to the secretary is the number of home-grown violent extremists, mostly inspired by terrorist organisations. These groups are on the rise in the US.
She said the ability of IS militants to put terrorist propaganda on the internet will appeal more and more to extremists as they are pushed out of Syria and Iraq.