FBI Wants You to Identify American ISIS Fighters
In a new initiative, the FBI is trying to crowdsource the identities of U.S. citizens who have traveled or are planning to travel abroad to fight with terrorist groups, possibly including a North American-accented ISIS member seen in a video online preparing to execute prisoners.
“In the video, a man whose face is obscured by a mask alternates seamlessly between English and Arabic in pro-ISIL [ISIS] pronouncements intended to appeal to a Western audience,” a post on the FBI website today says, referring to an excerpt from a 55-minute-long ISIS propaganda video called “Flames of War”. “Dressed in desert camouflage and wearing a shoulder holster, the masked man can be seen standing in front of purported prisoners as they dig their own graves and then later presiding over their executions.”
The prisoners, the masked man claims in the video, are soldiers from the Syrian military in Raqqa.
The FBI notes the man appears to have a “North American” accent. After the “Flames of War” video emerged in mid-September, FBI Director James Comey told ABC News that investigating the man with the North American accent was a “big focus of ours.”