FBI says terrorism threat hits ‘a whole other level’ after Hamas attack

October 31, 2023

The terror threat against the U.S. reached “a whole other level” after Hamas’ sneak attack on Israel, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray told Congress on Tuesday, saying the big players in terrorism have all renewed calls to attack America and its interests. “The reality is that the terrorism threat has been elevated throughout 2023, but the ongoing war in the Middle East has raised the threat of attack on Americans to a whole other level,” Mr. Wray said. Christine Abizaid, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said the situation quickly reversed from just before the Hamas attack, when the U.S. judged the threat from Middle East-based terrorism networks to be diminished. “To have this many foreign terrorism organizations this explicitly calling for attacks … significantly takes the threat level, the threat environment, the risk to a whole other level here,” the director said. He said they uniquely are targeted “by pretty much every terrorist organization across the spectrum.”“They need our help,” he said.