CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank says that ISIS has told their supporters within the United States to “launch a surge of attacks during Ramadan.”
During CNN’s coverage of the Orlando gay nightclub attack on Sunday morning, Cruickshank said that there are 800 “suspected radical extremists” in America with “sympathy with ISIS.”
Cruickshank said, “The vast majority of the American Muslim community absolutely rejects this is ISIS ideology. It’s really a very small minority in the United States, a slightly larger minority in Europe.” (RELATED: 50 Dead, 53 Injured In Orlando Shooting — FBI Investigating Terror Ties)
“But that being said, there have been a thousand investigations opened by the FBI into radical extremists, suspected radical extremists in the United States. 800 of those connections are of individuals who are believed to have some sympathy with ISIS. So there is a significant problem of radicalization in the United States. We’ve seen a string of plots and attacks over the last few years,” Cruickshank explained. (RELATED: FBI: Suspect Bragged About Ties To ‘Terrorist Organizations’)
“One thing we’ve also seen is the falloff in the last several months of the number of Americans trying to travel to join ISIS in Syria,” Cruickshank siad. “That has been an encouraging sign, but the worry has been if they find it more difficult to get to Syria they want to launch attacks back home.”
“And just a few weeks ago the key spokesman for ISIS Abu Mohammad al-Adnani called on American ISIS supporters to launch a surge of attacks during Ramadan. Ramadan just started a few days ago, ISIS has been telling their supporters you’ll get ten times the rewards in the afterlife if you carry out attacks during Ramadan.”
Ramadan began Sunday, June 5 and will end on Tuesday, July 5.