NYPD, FBI and DHS Issue Warnings After ISIS Calls for Strikes Against the West
Following ISIS's calls for new attacks against Western powers, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the NYPD have all issued warnings.
Catherine Herridge reported on "America's Newsroom" today that ISIS has called for attacks against law enforcement, intelligence officers and civilians in a re-released propaganda video.
Herridge said that the FBI is currently reviewing the tape, plus a second, new video from the terror group.
In the new video, ISIS calls for attacks in at least three U.S. states, according to Herridge.
“Strike their police, security and intelligence members, as well as their treacherous agents,” the video, released on Twitter by ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammad Al-Adnani, urges. It specifically named the United States, France, Australia and Canada as targets.
The video was originally put out in September. Law enforcement officials have become increasingly concerned over the possibility that radicalized “lone wolves” in the U.S. and elsewhere in Europe could be inspired to heed such calls from the Islamist radicals in the Middle East. In recent weeks, criminals with possible terrorist ties or sympathies have carried out high-profile attacks in France, Australia, Canada and New York.
An NYPD internal memo warned police officers to "remain alert and consider tactics at all times while on patrol," and on Monday a spokesman confirmed it was related to the resurfacing of the video.
The FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a similar bulletin to law enforcement across the country, but in a subsequent statement called it part of a “continuous dialogue.”
Officials say there is no credible information suggesting an imminent attack in the U.S., but the bulletin stressed the importance of vigilance by the police and public.
The warnings followed a Friday “worldwide caution” from the State Department regarding "the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests."
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