More than 100 Americans who enlisted with the Islamic State may have already returned to the United States, according to the National Counterterrorism Center.
Officials say many Americans traveled to Syria and Iraq and trained with ISIS, also known as ISIL, but have now returned home and may target New York City, reports the Daily News.
The list of people the FBI is looking at "includes those who’ve gone, those who’ve tried to go, some who’ve come back,” said an New York Police Department official, who asked to remain anonymous.
Many have long feared the extremists were already on American soil, but this marks the first time Washington D.C. has confirmed this reality. FBI agents are reportedly looking at these potential killers and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is in the process of investigating the suspects.
“There is a small number of people we’re looking at in the New York area,” said NYPD terror chief John Miller. “Beyond that, if evidence is developed that a person worked for, or fought for a designated terrorist organization, they will be prosecuted.”
This news hits one day after Abu Muhammad al-Adnani released a video in which he called on ISIS followers to slaughter “disbelieving” Americans or Europeans, reports The Guardian. In a 42-minute speech, the ISIS spokesperson warned, “You will not feel secure even in your bedrooms. You will pay the price when this crusade of yours collapses and thereafter, we will strike you in your homeland and you will never be able to harm anyone afterwards.”
Late Monday night, the U.S. military, along with its Arab allies, launched the first airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria, reports USA Today. Using warplanes, ships firing missiles, and remotely piloted aircrafts, a total of 14 airstrikes were carried out against the Islamic State, according to the Department of Defense.
“The strikes destroyed or damaged multiple ISIL targets in the vicinity of Ar Raqqah, Dayr az Zawr, Al Hasakah, and Abu Kamal and included ISIL fighters, training compounds, headquarters and command and control facilities, storage facilities, a finance center, supply trucks and armed vehicles,” said the Defense Department.
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