Intel Bulletin Warns of ISIS Urging Jihad Attacks Against U.S. Soldiers at Home
An intelligence bulletin warns of radical Islamic extremists trying to encourage followers to seek out and murder U.S. military personnel at their homes.
Trace Gallagher reported on “The Kelly File” that the bulletin from the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange is based on credible sources and an uptick in chatter on Internet forums.
Terror groups are encouraging lone wolf terrorists to carry out the murders on American soil, the bulletin warns, saying they will likely be spontaneous, ambush-style attacks, similar to the machete attack of a British soldier in 2013.
The bulletin also cites a Twitter post, which instructed jihadists to use social media to find soldiers’ names and addresses.
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The bulletin came out long before Tuesday's indictment of an upstate New York man on a raft of terror-related charges, including attempting to kill "officers and employees of the United States. Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to Islamic State. Elfgeeh was arrested in late May in a Walmart parking lot after a sting in which an FBI informant offered to sell him guns and silencers, which Elfgeeh allegedly wanted to use to kill returning American troops as well as Shiite Muslims living in the region.
Killing U.S. troops on American soil is is an increasing focus of jihadists, according to the bulletin, titled “Continued Threat to Military Personnel from Al-Qaida Inspired Homegrown Violent Extremists.” It was sent out on July 8, 2014 “in response to recent social media messaging from Western fighters in Syria calling for attacks against “soldiers in the West.” Instead of luring radicalized Americans to the Middle East, Islamic State will likely encourage them to stay home and kill U.S. soldiers here, the bulletin warned.
“U.S.-based [Home-Grown Violent Extremists] could be inspired by this rhetoric to turn their attention towards carrying out attacks at home,” the bulletin states.
The radical rhetoric is delivered via social media, where Islamic State operatives have long exhorted westerners to get on a plane and come join the battle. But terrorists now believe they can have a powerful effect from afar just by inspiring attacks inside the U.S.