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Authorities have detained eight suspected terrorists with possible ties to ISIS in a coordinated operation across major U.S. cities. Federal sources revealed that all eight individuals were “fully vetted and released into the U.S.” after crossing the southern border in 2023 and 2024.

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Deportation efforts underway

Efforts are now underway to deport the detained suspects. However, authorities told ABC News that they currently lack sufficient evidence to bring terrorism charges against them.

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The investigation, jointly conducted by the FBI and ICE, featured a wiretap that captured one of the suspected terrorists discussing bombs. The New York Post first broke the story, and NBC reported that at least one of those arrested entered the U.S. using the CBP One App which allows migrants to make appointments for asylum-seeking purposes.

Origin and ISIS connection

The eight arrested individuals are originally from Tajikistan. Notably, it was ISIS members from the same country who carried out a deadly attack on a concert hall in Russia last March, resulting in the loss of 145 lives.

FBI director’s concerns

FBI Director Christopher Wray has repeatedly emphasized the heightened threat of domestic terrorism in the U.S. He warned last year that a terror attack could occur on American soil. Recent events have only intensified these concerns.

“I touched on this earlier, but there was already a heightened risk of violence in the United States before Oct. 7,” Wray said. “Since then, we’ve seen a rogue’s gallery of foreign terrorist organizations call for attacks against Americans and our allies. And given those calls for action, our most immediate concern has been that individuals or small groups will draw twisted inspiration from the events in the Middle East to carry out attacks here at home. But now, on top of that, increasingly concerning is the potential for a coordinated attack here in the homeland, not unlike the ISIS-K attack we saw at the Russia concert hall back in March.”

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EIGHT SUSPECTED TERRORISTS WITH POSSIBLE TIES TO ISIS HAVE BEEN DETAINED ACROSS NEW YORK CITY, LOS ANGELES, AND PHILADELPHIA.

AUTHORITIES SAY THEY CROSSED THE SOUTHERN BORDER LAST YEAR AND THIS YEAR.

FEDERAL SOURCES TOLD MULTIPLE NEWS OUTLETS ALL 8 OF THEM WERE “FULLY VETTED AND RELEASED INTO THE U.S.” WHEN THEY FIRST CAME ACROSS THE BORDER.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT WITH THE SUSPECTED TERRORISTS NOW DETAINED?

EFFORTS ARE UNDERWAY TO DEPORT THEM.

AUTHORITIES SAY THEY DON’T HAVE ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO BRING ANY TERRORISM CHARGES.

THE NEW YORK POST FIRST BROKE THE STORY.

REPORTING PART OF THE FBI AND ICE’S JOINT INVESTIGATION FEATURED A “WIRETAP” WHICH REVEALED ONE OF THE SUSPECTED TERRORISTS WAS TALKING ABOUT BOMBS.

ACCORDING TO NBC – AT LEAST ONE OF THOSE ARRESTED ENTERED BY USING THE “CBP ONE APP” WHERE MIGRANTS CAN MAKE APPOINTMENTS TO CROSS THE BORDER AND SEEK ASYLUM.

THE 8 PEOPLE ARRESTED COME FROM TAJIKISTAN.

IT WAS ISIS MEMBERS FROM THAT SAME COUNTRY THAT ATTACKED A CONCERT HALL IN RUSSIA BACK IN MARCH – KILLING 145 PEOPLE. 

IT’S BEEN A COMMON THEME IN FBI DIRECTOR CHIRSTOPHER WRAY’S COMMENTS ON DOMESTIC TERRORISM FOR MORE THAN A YEAR NOW –

THE THREAT TO THE U.S. BEING “AT A WHOLE OTHER LEVEL.”

WRAY WARNED LAST YEAR OF A HEIGHTENED RISK A TERROR ATTACK COULD HAPPEN ON U.S. SOIL.

AND JUST LAST WEEK – REITERATED THOSE CONCERNS.

I touched on this earlier, but there was already a heightened risk of violence in the United States before October 7th. And since then, we’ve seen a rogue’s gallery of foreign terrorist organizations call for attacks against Americans and our allies. And given those calls for action, our most immediate concern has been that individuals or small groups will draw twisted inspiration from the events in the Middle East to carry out attacks here at home. But now, on top of that, increasingly concerning is the potential for a coordinated attack here in the homeland, not unlike the ISIS-K attack we saw at the Russia concert hall back in March.