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

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By Steve Neavling

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.

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