Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Global Impact: FBI Asks Public for Help in Identifying North American Fighting for IS

According to Reuters, the FBI is asking the public's help in identifying a masked IS militant who speaks in what is believed to be a North American accent in a video that militants released last month aimed at Western audiences.
In an excerpt of the video released by the FBI, the man, dressed in camouflage and wearing a shoulder holster, speaks in English and Arabic as he stands in front of men he says are IS prisoners.
“We’re hoping that someone might recognize this individual and provide us with key pieces of information,” Michael Steinbach, assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, said in a statement on Tuesday (October 7). “No piece of information is too small.”
COMMENT: The FBI also requested the public's assistance "in identifying US persons going to fight overseas with terrorist groups or who are returning home from fighting overseas."
The agency said tips could be sent to:
Western countries say scores of their citizens have traveled to Syria to fight on behalf of IS, which has captured large sections of Iraq and Syria. 
IS has released videos showing the beheadings of Western hostages in which a fighter with a British accent appears.
The US has been bombing IS positions in Iraq since August and extended the campaign to Syria in September.

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