Erick Stakelbeck

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

ISIS Looking to Attack on U.S. Soil?

This piece was originally posted on

With Baltimore in chaos these past few days, you may have missed a very important piece of news that could directly affect your life.

Two pieces of news, actually, but both covering the same topic: the ISIS threat to the U.S. homeland.

This past weekend, CNN reported that the FBI was investigating “a possible ISIS-inspired terror threat in the United States.” According to CNN, “The investigation originated from intercepted chatter and other intelligence information that led officials to believe a possible plot could be in the works…It’s not clear whether the threat is real or aspirational…One official said it focused on parts of California…”

At the same time, The Intercept reported that the TSA had issued a classified warning that ISIS may be looking to attack targets inside the United States. The threats led to heightened security in parts of southern California, including at airports.

At this point, we don’t have a lot of specifics. But expect more alerts like this in the near future. ISIS is not just a terrorist group–it is a global phenomenon that, according to FBI Director James Comey, currently boasts supporters and sympathizers in all 50 U.S. states.

If this nationwide network of ISIS disciples decides to go operational (which could simply mean a steady flurry of smaller scale, low-tech attacks like this or this), we’ve got a serious problem on our hands.

I recently wrote about the troubling increase in U.S. citizens who have been arrested for either attempting to join ISIS or carry out ISIS-inspired attacks on American soil. I see the ISIS threat to America emanating mainly from three sources: 1) Homegrown “city wolves” 2) Returnees–U.S. citizens who have fought alongside ISIS and returned home 3) Our shamefully porous borders.

I realize this is heavy stuff and difficult for some to accept or even hear. After giving a talk recently about my latest book, “ISIS Exposed” before an audience that could be best described as mixed politically–some conservative and some liberal–I was approached by a woman who called me an “alarmist” and scoffed at the notion of a global jihadist movement. She was unable to refute any of the facts I laid out in my presentation, but man, she just knew I was trouble.

Interestingly enough, she was wearing a peace sign necklace.

I want peace, too–but not at any cost (see: Iran) and not at the expense of denying reality.

Look, warning about ISIS is not a pleasant message and as the father of two young children, I take no joy in delivering it.

But wishing away reality won’t make it go away.

So, would you rather know or not know?

I’m guessing that for the sake of our country and your loved ones, you’d rather know.

posted @ Thursday, April 30, 2015 4:29 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Watchman Show: Iran, ISIS and What Can Be Done

On this week's episode of The Watchman, we sit down with national security expert and former Pentagon spokesman J.D. Gordon.

He'll discuss the threats posed by Iran and ISIS and how America should counter them.

posted @ Tuesday, April 21, 2015 3:52 PM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Watchman Show: Jihad Against the 'Sunday People'

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we examine ISIS's attempts to eliminate Christians from the Middle East.

Plus, we go on the ground in France to analyze the brewing culture clash with French Muslims in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Watch below:


posted @ Wednesday, April 15, 2015 1:30 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Stakelbeck Talking ISIS on C-Span 2's Book TV

I recently gave a presentation about my latest book, ISIS Exposed, that has aired on C-Span 2’s Book TV several times over the last few weeks.

I’ve received a lot of great feedback about the presentation, which was sponsored by my good friends at the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET).

I’ve also received some hate mail from angry leftists (is there any other kind?) who watched the program and resented my criticism of President Obama’s Middle East polices (or lack thereof).

Decide for yourself. Watch my presentation on “ISIS Exposed” on C-Span 2 here.

posted @ Friday, April 10, 2015 11:19 AM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The Watchman Show: Iran on the March

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we analyze the fall of Yemen and the continued march of Iran across the Middle East.

We also get on the ground in Great Britain to examine the rise of the BDS Movement against Israel.

Watch below:

posted @ Wednesday, April 01, 2015 11:52 AM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Discussing 'ISIS Exposed' on the 700 Club

I recently discussed my latest book, ISIS Exposed: Beheadings, Slavery and the Hellish Reality of Radical Islam on The 700 Club with Pat Robertson.

Click on the viewer below to watch.

posted @ Tuesday, March 24, 2015 3:03 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Watchman Show: ISIS Exposed

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we share details from my new book, ISIS Exposed: Beheadings, Slavery and the Hellish Reality of Radical Islam.

We show how ISIS is not just an imminent threat to the Middle East, but to the United States as well.

posted @ Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:30 PM | Feedback (0)

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Stakelbeck New Book, 'ISIS Exposed,' Launches March 9

March Madness, one of my favorite times of the year, begins early for me this time around. My latest book, ISIS Exposed: Beheadings, Slavery and the Hellish Reality of Radical Islam launches on Monday, March 9, and is already getting some very nice advance buzz.

From the back cover:

Sean Hannity: "If you want to know what makes ISIS tick, Erick Stakelbeck is your man.”

Mike Huckabee: "Erick Stakelbeck reports the facts about the Islamic State."

Newt Gingrich: “Don’t miss this very timely book."

The Pittsburgh-Tribune Review has also posted a very nice review of the book that you can read here. I'm now gearing up for several weeks of heavy book promotion on TV and radio and praying that I'm able to get the message out for a wide audience about the threat ISIS poses not just to the Middle East but to America. More details on media schedule to come.

In the meantime, if you don't want to wait until March 9, you can pre-order ISIS Exposed right here on and wherever books are sold from coast to coast!

posted @ Sunday, March 08, 2015 11:35 PM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Watchman Show: Lone Wolves or Known Wolves?

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we sit down with terrorism expert Patrick Poole to discuss the "known wolf" phenomenon in Western jihadi attacks.

We're also joined by director Nolan Lebovitz for a look at his new film "Roadmap Genesis."

posted @ Wednesday, February 25, 2015 12:23 PM | Feedback (0)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Girls of Jihad Strike Again

Back in November, I reported on the troubling trend of Western women traveling to Syria to join ISIS and become part of the Islamic State. Now come new reports that three teenage girls have left Britain with intentions of heading to Syria and marrying ISIS jihadists.

Here's more, from the Daily Mail:

Scotland Yard was facing questions over how the girls – aged 15 and 16 – were able to board a flight to Turkey unchallenged, despite having no parent or guardian with them.

They are now believed to be travelling overland to Syria to marry jihadi fighters. But police hope heavy snowfall may have prevented them from travelling all the way.

Last night there were growing calls to tighten up security checks on youngsters flying out of the UK. Up to 550 young Britons are thought to have made the journey to join Islamic State.

It is understood the three girls – all straight-A pupils – were lured to Syria via social media by a school friend who is already there.

Last night detectives took the unprecedented step of releasing the names and CCTV images of the girls – who attend the same East London school – in an attempt to save them from the clutches of IS fighters.

Good luck. In my new book, ISIS Exposed (due out March 9 and available for pre-order here at, I delve into the dark world of the "women of jihad." ISIS is recruiting vulnerable Western women online, and particularly misguided teenage girls.

As I reveal in the book, dozens of women from France, Germany, and Britain, respectively, have gone to Syria and at least a handful of American women have joined them. ISIS wants to pair them as jihadi brides to their fighters and help build up the caliphate society--after all, you need women to build a state and reproduce future terrorists.

And some women will look to take up arms. They are every bit as fanatical as male jihadists--as we've seen with the female Chechen and Dagestani suicide bombers known as the Black Widows.

Click play below to watch my recent report on ISIS's jihadi brides, including the tale of a suburban Denver teenager who converted to Islam and was drawn into the dark world of ISIS online:

posted @ Saturday, February 21, 2015 6:03 PM | Feedback (0)