As of last night the US is on high alert due to intel about new threats from ISIS, and their affiliations within the US borders. According to CNN the FBI shows that there are many more followers of ISIS in the US than should make anyone comfortable. The fact that ISIS threats have focused on the US, mixed with their following in our home nation has led to higher security at bases. The extremists in the US might be a threat on their own at this point, and the idea that so many follow ISIS, leads to some scary thoughts… especially after the latest attack took place.
Davis declined to specify the new security measures. But a U.S. official confirmed to CNN that U.S. military bases are now at “Force Protection Bravo,” which is defined by the Pentagon as an “increased and predictable threat of terrorism.” It is the third-highest threat level on a five-tier scale used by the Department of Defense.
A U.S. military official said the order to raise the force protection level to Bravo also applies to all National Guard installations, recruiting stations, and ROTC detachments, though practically speaking, the official acknowledges it will be difficult for the ROTC detachments to do much more than security awareness. Read the full article here…
In a previous post we highlighted what ISIS looks for in recruits. It seems though, that the recruiting in the US and Canada has been on the increase. Although there is not a hard number to provide with how many recruits ISIS has gotten from the US, CNN did release some data on some of the known US recruits that have been caught or arrested for trying to join ISIS.
It’s unclear how many Americans have been caught attempting to join or help ISIS, but National Intelligence Director James Clapper has said 180 Americans have tried to go fight in Syria. Experts say most of them are disillusioned young people trying to find purpose or make their mark. While that’s largely true, there are outliers. Continue reading for a list of people here…
In February, CNN gave a run down on the Westerners who had gone to Syria to possibly join ISIS. It was believed then that under 200 Americans were on that list.
More than 20,000 foreigners have flocked to fight for ISIS, the radical Sunni group that controls portions of Iraq and Syria.