An intelligence bulletin from the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange is warning of possible lone wolf terror attacks on U.S. soldiers here in the homeland by Islāmic extremists who have been encouraged by terror groups such as ISIS and al Qaeda to seek out and murder U.S. military personnel at their homes. The bulletin, titled “Continued Threat to Military Personnel from al-Qaeda Inspired Homegrown Violent Extremists,” was issued on July 8, 2014.
The intelligence center assessed at that time “that military personnel will likely be targeted individually in spontaneous ‘ambush’ style attacks similar to the May, 2013, machete attack against British soldier Drummer Lee Rigby in the U.K.”
The bulletin claims recent social media messages from fighters in Syria were calling for Jihadist style attacks against “soldiers in the West,” but intelligence experts say instead of al Qaeda and/or the Islāmic State(ISIS or ISIL) luring radicalized Americans to the Middle East to fight, which has been their standard procedure thus far, they are now most likely encouraging them to stay home and carry out lone wolf attacks – especially attacks on U.S. military personnel.
Reports cite a Twitter post which instructs jihadists to use social media to find soldiers’ names and addresses. (Vigilance and privacy are urged for military personnel in this regard. Addresses and phone numbers should be set to private or removed altogether).
On Tuesday an upstate New York man, Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester,was indicted by a federal grand jury on a laundry-list of terror related charges including “attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States,” as well as 3 charges of “attempting to provide material support and resources to Islāmic State.” Elfgeeh was arrested in late May after undercover agents offered to sell him weapons(including silencers) which the suspect allegedly needed to “kill returning American troops.”
In June a lone wolf attack took the life of New Jersey teen Brendan Tevlin who was murdered by Ali Muhammad Brown while sitting at a stoplight in West Orange. Brown, a Seattle native, walked up to Tevlin’s vehicle and unloaded ten 9mm rounds, 8 of which struck Tevlin. When asked later why he did it Brown, a devout Muslim, claimed it was a “just kill,” in retribution for the continued U.s. military presence in the Middle East:
“My mission is vengeance. For the lives, millions of lives are lost every day…[in] Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, all these places where innocent lives are being taken every single day. … So, a life for a life.”
Brown is the prime suspect in 3 other killings between April and June stretching from New Jersey to Washington state. Each attack an alleged close range shooting late at night in quiet, off-the-beaten-trail type locations.