Summary of Terrorism Threat to the U.S. Homeland

Duration:  This Bulletin will expire on or before January 18, 2020 at 1:00pm EST

  • The United States designated Iran a "State Sponsor of Terrorism" in 1984 and since then, Iran has actively engaged in or directed an arrary of violent and deadly acts against he United States and its citizens globally.  The United States deisgnated Iran's Islamic Revoluntionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a Foregin Terrorist Organization on April 15, 2019 for its direct involvement in terrorist plotting.
  • On January 2, 2020, the United States carried out a lethal strike in Iraq killing Iranian IRGC-Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani while Soleimani was in Iraq.
  • Iranian leadership and several affiliated violent extremist organizations publicly stated they intend to retaliate against the United States.
  • At this time we have no information indicating a specific, credible threat to the Homeland.  Iran and its partners, such as Hizballah, have demonstrated the intent and cabability to conduct operation in the United States.
  • Previous homeland-based plots have included, among other things, scouting and planning against infrastructure targets and cyber enabled attacks against a range of U.S. based targets.
  • Iran maintains a robust cyber program and can execute cyber attacks agains the United States.  Iran is capable, at a minimum, of carrying out attacks with temporary disruptive effects against critical infrastructure in the United States.
  • Iran likely views terrorists activities as an option to deter or retaliate against its perceived adversaries.  In many instances, Iran has targeted United States interests through its partners such as Hizballah.
  • Homegrown Violent Extremists could capitalize on the heightened tensions to launch individual attacks.
  • An attack in the homeland may come with little or no warning.
  • The Department of Homeland Security is working closely with our federal, state, local, and private sector partners to detect and defend against threats to the Homeland, and will enhance security measures as necessary.

How You Can Help

  • Report suspicious activitiy to local law enforcement wo are best to offer specific details on terroristic indicators.
  • Report suspicious activity or information about a threat, including online activity, to fusion centers and the FBI's Field Offices - part of the Nationwide Suspicious Acitivity Reporting Initiative.

Be Prepared

  • Be prepared for cyber disruptions, suspicious emails, and network delays.
  • Be responsible for your personal safety.  Know where emergency exits and security personnel are located.  Carry emergency contact and special needs information with you.
  • Implement basic cyber hygience practices such as effecting datea backups and employing multi-factor authentication.  For more information visit CISA.gov
  • Connect, Plan, Train, and Report to prepare businesses & employees.  Security tools/resources can be accessed through the DHS's Hometown Security Campaign.

Stay Informed

  • The U.S. Government will provide additional information about any emerging threat as additional information is identified.  The public is encourage to listen to local law enforcement and public safety officials.
  • We urge Amercians to continue to travel, attend public events, and feely associate with others but remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings.