The Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin to law enforcement across the U.S., warning them to be on the lookout for lone wolf terror attacks. It is difficult to identify who may launch an attack like this. Deborah Feyerick reports on how authorities are working to stop foreign fighters who traveled to places like Syria and Iraq from bringing the fight back home.What can be done to stop foreign fighters?
ISIS has issued orders for the killing of Westerners. Is this sort of instruction what lone wolf terrorists are waiting for? Anderson spoke with Maajid Nawaz, who was once a Muslim extremist and is now the director of the Quilliam Foundation.
The Pentagon says the al Qaeda offshoot group called Khorasan was planning an imminent attack on European or American soil. But did the airstrikes inside Syria derail their plot? Anderson spoke with CNN Security Analyst Peter Bergen who was in a background briefing today and said it was possible Khorasan's plans were interrupted, but officials were unable to give definitive proof.
For years on AC360, we have heard a voice from inside Syria who has described what has been going on there in painstaking detail. His name is Zaidoun, and he has been a passionate activist for the Syrian people who had even been detained by Syria's secret police. Back in 2012, Zaidoun told Anderson that the entire world should be ashamed for not doing anything about the fact that Syrians were being slaughtered by the Assad regime. Tonight he argued that after suffering under Assad and ISIS, Syrians are now suffering under U.S. Tomahawk strikes.
ISIS made its brutality known around the world through a string of disturbing videos. Many Americans are just learning the name of a different group called Khorasan, who is also the target of airstrikes in Syria. Officials say Khorasan has ties to one of al Qaeda's master bomb makers in Yemen and their goal is to launch a terror attack on U.S. targets. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby says the airstrikes have disrupted an imminent Khorasan attack. A U.S. intelligence source says Khorasan was already in the advanced stage of a plot. Pamela Brown has the latest.
Anderson discussed the efforts to neutralize Khorasan and ISIS with President Obama's Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Adviser Lisa Monaco.
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