FBI warns of retaliation from ISIS over recent airstrikes
FBI/DHS issues bulletin over potential ISIS attacks in America
Both Homeland Security and FBI have warned local law enforcement agencies across America to the possible retaliation from ISIS sympathizers in the U.S. Both agencies released a bulletin saying that they are “unaware of any specific, credible threats against the Homeland” and find most threats to the U.S. homeland by supporters of ISIS “not credible,” they cannot rule out attacks in the United States from sympathizers radicalized by the group’s online propaganda.
“[B]ecause of the individualized nature of the radicalization process – it is difficult to predict triggers that will contribute to [homegrown violent extremists] attempting acts of violence,” the bulletin states. Moreover, such lone offenders “present law enforcement with limited opportunities to detect and disrupt plots, which frequently involve simple plotting against targets of opportunity,” according to the bulletin.
The bulletin also discussed ISIS’s social media strategy, emphasizing that ISIS will continue to use Twitter to spread its propaganda; possibly hijacking other news events to promote themselves. ISIS has been reported as having hijacked the social media trafficking following the California earthquake. The bulletin cited the Foley execution video and the posting, earlier this month, of an ISIS flag photo in front of the White House.
The recent beheading of Foley was in retaliation for American airstrikes on ISIS extremists. ISIS is holding one other journalist, Steven Soltoff, and has threatened to kill him. DHS and the FBI have often released these “bulletins” as a a generic “FYI” to local, state and federal law enforcement who don’t have the same access to classified information that the nation’s top counter terrorism officials see every day.
ISIS has issued threats against the U.S. homeland before. In a recent video series, Vice Media embedded with ISIS militants and recorded an ISIS militant saying, “God willing, we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House.”
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