Hamas Attack Galvanizing Terror Groups Worldwide, Warn US Officials

Voice of America News reports: “The Hamas terror attack on Israel that killed about 1,400 people, mostly civilians, and sparked a now weeks-long war has shaken the global terrorism landscape, breathing new life into a variety of groups, according to three top U.S. officials.

Those terror groups — including al-Qaida and the Islamic State — are using the attack, the imagery associated with it, and Israel’s response as a rallying cry designed to grow their numbers and possibly inspire attacks against the United States, said the officials.

FBI Director Christopher Wray, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Director Christine Abizaid shared the assessment Tuesday during testimony before a U.S. Senate oversight committee, warning the Hamas attack on Israel is giving foreign terror groups a sense of momentum at a time when the threat had seemed to be waning.

‘The ongoing war in the Middle East has raised the threat of an attack against Americans in the United States to a whole ‘nother level,’ the FBI’s Wray told the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

‘We assess that the actions of Hamas and its allies will serve as an inspiration the likes of which we haven’t seen since ISIS launched its so-called caliphate several years ago,’ Wray said, using an acronym for the Islamic State group…”

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