Last year saw the most terrorist attacks and plots in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001, according to the Heritage Foundation’s tally, which was released Friday just as the Obama administration announced a series of new terror-related arrests and indictments.
The 13 “Islamist-inspired” attacks and plots uncovered in 2015 were more than the previous three years combined, according to Heritage researched Riley Walters.
And 2016 is off to a bad start, with the Justice Department announcing separate terror-related indictments late Thursday of two Iraqi refugees, both of whom were admitted to the U.S. under a program President Obama has insisted is safe, yet both now stand accused of actively trying to aid terrorists in Syria.
Republicans on Capitol Hill said the two refugee arrests should force Mr. Obama to rethink his plan to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees this year. The president’s top aides had held up the Iraqi program as proof that they could properly screen out would-be terrorists from the refugee population, and Mr. Obama had mocked Republicans for fearing “widows and orphans.”