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cells in the United States – and they are in unexpected places.
The San Francisco Bay area. Columbus, Ohio. The East Coast.
According to NBC News, journalists uncovered ISIS documents allegedly smuggled out of Turkey by a defector in a baby’s diaper.
The documents apparently contained personnel files of thousands of foreign fighters who joined the terrorist group in 2013 and 2014. The documents allegedly contain names, home addresses, emergency contacts and information on whether the individuals wanted to become suicide bombers. Journalists had the documents and files evaluated by experts at the West Point Combating Terrorism Center and other counterterrorism experts for authenticity.
Several of the names were unknown to authorities as ISIS recruits.
The recruits NBC News was able to identify include a high school valedictorian who planned to become a doctor, a computer gamer heading to Harvard, and a former atheist-turned-extremist. One is the son of a multimillionaire who runs a medical marketing company near Stanford University.
Of the 82 people who have been accused by American officials of trying to help the Islamic State:
- 32 expressed interest in carrying out an attack on American soil
- 28 took steps to carry out an attack
- 17 were being watched by the FBI as they made plans for an attack
- 5 were actually in communication with a member of the Islamic State
- 4 believed they were in contact with the Islamic State, but were actually in contact with an undercover FBI agent
- 2 carried out an attack in Garland, Texas in May of 2015
- 2 carried out an attack in San Bernardino, California in December of 2015
- 56 wanted to travel to fight for the Islamic State or help someone else do so
- 37 took steps to travel to Iraq, Syria or Libya
- 28 were arrested in the U.S. on their way to catch a flight
- 5 traveled abroad, intending to join ISIS, but were caught
What Do You Think?
Are news outlets under-reporting the impact of these terror cells within the United States, or is it something that we don’t really need to worry about?
I’d love to hear what you think, so please share your thoughts on Facebook or on Twitter.
If you’re like most people, you concerned about ISIS and its impact on the way we live in the United States.
NBC News recently reported on the families of three ISIS recruits, showing that the terror faction does indeed have
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