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Tag: Islamic State

FBI Director: Number of ISIS Recruits Appears to Be Declining After Aggressive Crackdown

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After an alarming increase, the number of Islamic State recruits appears to be declining, FBI Director James Comey said Thursday.

Comey suggested the decrease may be the result of an aggressive federal crackdown that has netted dozens of arrests.

Still, the number of English speakers following Islamic State’s Twitter account remains the same, at about 20,000 globally.

“There is an enormous universe of people consuming ISIL worldwide,” Comey said.

Comey added that the bureau is closely tracking people who have returned to the U.S. after receiving training.

The New Nazi Hunt: War Crime Sleuths Turn to Islamist Terrorists

By Del Quentin Wilber
Bloomberg Business Week

WASHINGTON — Federal agent Frank Hunter grabbed a cup of coffee, sat down at his kitchen table and fired up his laptop computer to begin his daily hunt for modern-day war criminals.

It didn’t take him long to come across a propaganda video posted by Islamic State. Hunter watched the slick 36-minute production on YouTube, grimacing at each execution and suicide bombing. Then he methodically captured photographs of the fighters, to be uploaded into facial-recognition databases that he hopes will stop the terrorists from ever coming to the U.S.

Hunter, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, is a key player in a little-known government effort to keep war criminals and human rights violators — including those fighting in Syria or Iraq — out of this country.

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Wife, Suspected Son of ISIS Leader Arrested in Lebanon with Fake IDs Near Syria Border

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The wife and suspected son of the leader of the Islamic State have been arrested in Lebanon, the USA Today reports.

Lebanon officials confirmed the wife and son of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi were detained bu t didn’t provide more details as of Tuesday morning.

The Lebanese daily As-Safir broke the news and said the pair were detained about 10 days ago, when they were found with fake IDs near a border crossing point with Syria.

The suspected son is undergoing a DNA test to confirm his relationship with the ISIS leader.

Two Young Minnesota Residents Charged in Alleged Attempt to Join, Help Islamic State

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two young Minnesota residents are accused of conspiring to join the radical group Islamic State and provide it with “material support,” Minnesota Public Radio reports.

Abdullah Yusuf, 18, and Abdi Nur, 20, are facing federal conspiracy charges. Both were charged with “conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.”

The men planned to join Islamic State to “to engage in a campaign of terror in support of a violent ideology,” U.S. Attorney Luger said in a statement.

Yusuf, a college student, was arrested as he prepared to board a flight to Turkey.

“His parents did not know that Yusuf had obtained a passport and planned to travel to Turkey, nor did they know that he had acquired $1,500 and purchased an airline ticket,” prosecutors allege.

Investigators said Nur left for Turkey on May 29 and didn’t return as scheduled.

FBI Tracking Nearly 150 Americans Who Recently Traveled to Syria, Possibly to Fight

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is monitoring nearly 150 Americans who traveled to Syria recently and may have joined armed groups, Reuters reports.

FBI Director James Comey said he’s worried that Americans may return to the U.S. with training and connections to launch a terrorist attack on the homeland.

“We have tracked coming up on close to 150 people who traveled from the United States to Syria, for all manner of motivations. A significant number of them to fight,” he told reporters at a briefing in Boston.

“We are determined not to allow future lines to be drawn from a terrorist diaspora out of Syria to a future 9/11,” he said.

The FBI’s biggest concern is Americans who are joining Islamic State because of effective recruitment campaigns on the internet.

“There we see somewhere in excess of a dozen (Americans who have joined Islamic State) that we have a pretty good handle on,” Comey said. “I don’t have high confidence that I see the entire universe,” he added.

House Homeland Security Chairman McCaul Says ISIS ‘Winning’ Propaganda War

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, expressed concern Sunday with attacks in Canada and New York City by alleged Muslim radicals.

The self-radicalized Muslims are “one of the greatest threats” to the U.S., he said.

The Islamic State is trying to radicalize Americans using the Internet, he said.

Islamic terrorists “are waging a campaign of war against the West and the United States, and these are three examples, just last week, of where they’re winning,” he said.

FBI Warns News Agencies That Islamic State Extremists Plan to Kidnap More Journalists

American war reporter James Wright Foley was beheaded by ISIS.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI warned Thursday that it has “credible information” that extremists from an Islamic State-affiliated group plan to kidnap journalists in the region, the Washington Post reports.

The kidnappings are meant to be retaliation against the U.S. for attacks on Iraq and Syria.

Journalists have been called “desirable targets.”

The Islamic State has already beheaded three people, including two American journalists.

Teenagers’ Plans to Join Islamic State in Syria Prompts Concerns about Recruitment Efforts

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The discovery that three teenage girls were trying to join the Islamic State in Syria has raised plenty of questions.

Among them: How did they get to Europe without anyone noticing and what prompted the girls, ages 16, 16 and 17, to make the trip?

The Associated Press reports that a school official said the girls were the victims of an “online predator” who convinced them to join ISIS.

“Social media has played a very significant role in the recruitment of young people,” said FBI spokesman Kyle Loven in Minneapolis, which has the largest Somali community in the U.S.

A school official said there were no signs that the teens had been radicalized.

U.S. officials also are investigating how the girls managed to get to Frankfurt.