FBI Seeks Public help to Identify American ISIS Fighters

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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.

Does ISIS Have An Effective Pitch to Lure Americans to Their Cause?

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Imagery of Uncle Sam recruiting citizens to his cause might no longer have the effectiveness that it once did. The youth of the nation are answering to different calls both domestic and abroad. While most of the causes can be condone in the land of the free, a few are still considered to be crimes against the state. What organization was a young man hoping to join and how does it go counter against being a United States citizen?

Return plane ticket in hand, Mohamed Hamzah Khan seemed to be just one of many people leaving O’Hare airport to go abroad. Perhaps being tipped off by naturally concerned parents, authorities stopped this gentleman from boarding a plane to Vienna and then eventually Istanbul. Upon interviews and executed search warrants, the truth came out. This young man’s intention was to join the terrorist group ISIS. This is frightening, and Khaled Shaheen assures us there are many more of these people.

Among the material recovered were detailed plans on how he was to make an illicit crossing into Syria. He had names of contacts and phone numbers. A letter left to his parents explained his actions and how that all good Muslims in conscious should now leave to join the Islamic State. Government officials charged him with a single count of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The price for this transgression could cost him up to fifteen years locked up and up to a quarter of a million dollars in fines. It is estimated that nearly one hundred people have heard this unusual recruiting call to join ISIS from the United States.