There are thousands of American people who are being swayed to spread violence similar to the attack launched during the Muhammad cartoon exhibit, FBI director James Comey said. The task to stop the influence has become daunting for authorities since ISIS is spreading propaganda across social media, and people nowadays have mobile phones inside their pockets, Comey said.
“If you can’t travel, kill where you are”
Two years ago, authorities can monitor the Internet for jihadist web sites browsed by individuals who are interested to become radicalized, Comey said. The FBI can focus its investigation on web forums spreading radical terrorist views, he said.
Today, people have mobile phones inside their pockets, Comey said. With this, terrorist recruitment has reached an almost personal level.
“It’s almost as if there is a devil sitting on the shoulder saying, ‘Kill, kill, kill, kill’ all day long. [They are] recruiting and tasking at the same time. … In a way, the old paradigm between ‘inspired’ and ‘directed’ breaks down here,” Comey was quoted as saying by ABC News.
The ISIS also has changed their radical message from “travel to a caliphate and fight with us” to “if you can’t travel, kill where you are.”
Pentagon trains new Syrian forces
Meanwhile, defense secretary Ash Carter said that Pentagon has begun combat training for 90 fighters from the new Syrian forces fighting for the ISIS. He said the training program is a critical and complex part of the U.S. counter-terrorism efforts.
Syrian forces selected for the operations are being trained and equipped specifically to fight ISIS, Carter said.
“That is the purpose, and that is the basis upon which they’re being vetted and trained,” Carter said.
The ISIS “will be their principal mission.”
“We’re figuring out what the best training is [and] what the best initial deployment is. We expect that to be successful and therefore to grow, but you have to start somewhere, and this is where we’re starting.”
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