Communication Breakdown

In a coordinated operation involving multiple federal agencies, eight individuals from Tajikistan with suspected ties to ISIS-K have been detained in the United States. The arrests were carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. These individuals had illegally crossed into the U.S. from the southern border in 2023 and 2024.

Tajikistan, for those not in the know, is a Central Asian country bordering Afghanistan (and China). ISIS-K is the Islamic State-Khorasan Province. It is a branch of the Islamic State (IS), a Salafi group operating mainly out of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Their goal is to establish a caliphate across South and Central Asia, which they intend to rule under a strict interpretation of sharia law.  Needless to say, they are not huge fans of the United States of America. The fact that they have been located in our nation should have us all seeing huge red flags waving in the breeze.

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Despite initial screenings that did not flag them as threats, subsequent intelligence linked them to ISIS-K, prompting their detention.

All eight were on the radar of the FBI Joint Terrorism Taskforce (JTTF) when they illegally crossed the border. Therefore, this begs the question: Is DHS running the names of those they detain past the FBI before they release them into the country? In this case, the answer seems to be “no.” 

The men are currently held in ICE custody, facing removal proceedings rather than immediate terrorism charges due to insufficient evidence of an active plot.

Wonderful, we may be sending them home to regroup and reorganize. Don’t we have a few open cells left at GITMO?

Background of the Arrests

The individuals detained are originally from Tajikistan, a country that has seen significant recruitment by ISIS-K. In March 2024, ISIS-K members from Tajikistan were involved in a deadly attack on a concert hall in Russia, which resulted in the deaths of 145 people. This history raised concerns among U.S. intelligence agencies about the potential for similar attacks on American soil.

FBI Director Christopher Wray has emphasized the heightened threat environment in the U.S., particularly concerning potential coordinated attacks inspired by foreign terrorist organizations like ISIS-K. Wray has highlighted the increased risk of domestic terrorism, especially following calls from ISIS for attacks on the U.S. and its allies.

Details of the Operation

The arrests resulted from months of surveillance and intelligence gathering by the FBI and DHS. The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force had been monitoring the suspects for several months, aware of their potential threat. The detainees had initially passed through the U.S. border without raising any red flags, but subsequent intelligence and wiretaps revealed their ties to ISIS-K. One of the detainees was reportedly discussing bombings similar to the Boston Marathon attack, raising alarms among federal agents.

The individuals were arrested on immigration charges due to their illegal entry into the U.S. and are now facing deportation proceedings. However, the investigation into their activities continues, and they could potentially face terrorism charges if more evidence is found.

Broader Implications

These arrests underscore the ongoing challenges of border security and the effectiveness of vetting processes for individuals entering the country. The case highlights the importance of intelligence sharing and coordination among federal agencies to prevent potential terrorist activities. The FBI and DHS have stated that they will continue working closely with their partners to identify, investigate, and disrupt potential threats to national security. Have we learned nothing from 9/11? That was a communications breakdown of epic proportions, prompting the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The same agency released this latest group of Tajik terrorists into the heartland. 

The incident also reflects broader concerns about the influence and reach of ISIS-K, even as the group has lost significant territory in the Middle East. Despite these losses, ISIS-K continues to inspire and coordinate attacks globally, including in the U.S. The heightened threat environment in the U.S. is a reminder of the ongoing need for vigilance and preparedness to counteract these threats. Stay alert, America. 

In response to these developments, federal agencies say they have been ramping up their efforts to secure the border and enhance vetting procedures for individuals entering the country. This includes increased funding for border security and enhanced surveillance measures to detect and prevent potential threats.


The detention of these eight individuals from Tajikistan with ties to ISIS-K is a huge red flag in the ongoing efforts to protect national security. It highlights the complex and evolving nature of the terrorist threat and the critical role of communication between federal agencies in detecting and preventing potential attacks. As the investigation continues, the focus remains on ensuring that the U.S. remains vigilant and prepared to counter any threats posed by foreign terrorist organizations.

Keep your head on a swivel, America.

As they used to have us say back in my old cadet days, “Stay Alert-Stay Alive!”

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