The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) asks the public to help in identifying Americans who have traveled, or are planning to travel overseas, to join the combat alongside different terrorist organizations. This includes groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and also the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
The request came after a 55-minute pro-ISIS video, which was making the rounds throughout the internet in September. In the video a masked man, who was speaking in English and Arabic, can be seen saying pronouncements to appeal to a worldwide audience, especially to Westerners like Marnie Bennett. The English-speaking man is standing in a desert, and making his speech with prisoners digging their own grave, all while a terrorist flag flies in the background.
The FBI is doing all they can to identify the man in the video, and also asks the public if they can recognize him based on his physical stature, voice, and appearance.
“We need the public’s assistance in identifying U.S. persons going to fight overseas with terrorist groups or who are returning home from fighting overseas,” said Michael Steinbach, assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, in a press release published by the organization.
There are, more or less, a dozen Americans fighting with ISIS in Syria, according to the FBI. Some reports claimed that there are about a hundred Americans joining ISIS, so the numbers are not conclusive.
Any information from the public about ISIS fighters from the United States will be very helpful. The FBI established a page at www.fbi.gov/ISILtips, for anyone who wants to submit potential leads and tips.