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FBI asks for tips regarding ISIL agents in the United States

Written By | Oct 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, October 9, 2014 — This week, ISIS graffiti appeared in multiple locations in Washington DC, drawing the attention of the local and federal law enforcement agencies. The vandalism appeared near Dupont Circle, and in two other locations, and featured Arabic writing depicting the phrase “Allah Hu Akbar” (God is Great) and the letters “ISIS” in English.  FBI officials report being aware of the incidents, and ask the public to contact them if they see any suspicious activity.

The FBI has established an online “tips” page specifically focused on information related to ISIS. The page, located at reads “The FBI is seeking information on persons who are planning to travel or have traveled to a foreign country for armed combat and/or are being recruited for such activities. The FBI is also seeking information about the identity of an English-speaking individual seen in a propaganda video released last month by the group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.”

Additionally, the FBI released a statement asking for help form the community, saying “The FBI is also seeking information about the identity of an English-speaking individual and others seen in a propaganda video released last month by the group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL…

“The 55-minute video was released on September 19. In releasing a segment from the video, the FBI hopes someone might recognize the man through his voice and appearance. In the segment, the faces of purported prisoners are obscured and their executions are not shown… The subject in the video has what is believed to be a North American accent.”

It is believed that each of the incidents of graffiti were done by the same individual, as the handwriting on the graffiti remains consistent in each of the locations.

Just last week, however ABC News reported a frightening twitter photo posts, saying “the photo showed a hand holding up an image of a flag for ISIS (also known as ISIL or Islamic State), displayed on a smartphone, on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House fence. That area, closed off to street traffic, is frequented by thousands of tourists every day.”

The tweet reads:

@sunna_rev: #AmessagefromISIStoUS We are in your state We are in your cities We are in your streets You are our goals anywhere

“We have an intelligence division whose mission is to assess information that we receive every day for dangerousness or potential threat level. We are aware of the image and will take the necessary and appropriate follow up steps.” said Ed Donovan, Secret Service spokesman, to ABC News.

The Universal Muslim Association of America (UMAA) says in a report “The founder of ISIS developed a four-pronged strategy to defeat the coalition:

a. isolate U.S. forces by targeting its allies;

b. discourage Iraqi collaboration by targeting government infrastructure and personnel;

c. target reconstruction efforts through high-profile attacks on civilian contractors and aid workers;

d. and draw the U.S. military into a Sunni-Shiite civil war by targeting Shiites.

By countering each aspect of this strategy and supporting the efforts of the Iraqi forces, the United States and international partners can directly mitigate the threat posed by ISIS.”

President Obama, however, unveiled his four point counter strategy earlier this summer, which includes:

  1. Airstrikes
  2. Send More Troops to Iraq
  3. Cut Off Funding to ISIL & pursue counterterrorism efforts
  4. Ramp Up Humanitarian Efforts

The President has obtained international backing for his efforts against ISIS, and military campaigns are underway.

Disclaimer: The author of this article is affiliated with UMAA

Rahat Husain

Rahat Husain has been working as a columnist since 2013 when he joined the Communities. With an interest in America and Islam, Rahat is a prolific writer on contemporary and international issues. In addition to writing for the Communities, Rahat Husain is an Attorney based in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. He is the Director of Legal and Policy Affairs at UMAA Advocacy. For the past six years, Mr. Husain has worked with Congressmen, Senators, federal agencies, think tanks, NGOs, policy institutes, and academic experts to advocate on behalf of Shia Muslim issues, both political and humanitarian. UMAA hosts one of the largest gatherings of Shia Ithna Asheri Muslims in North America at its annual convention.