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TERRORISTS AMONG US: FBI starts anti-jihadist neighborhood informer campaign

The FBI counter-terrorism division is calling on to Americans to report on fellow citizens engaged in suspicious activities to help identify possible terrorists, in the first place those connected to terrorist activities overseas.

Reuters/Adrees Latif

Reuters/Adrees Latif

In a statement published by the FBI on Tuesday, assistant director of the counter-terrorism division Michael Steinbach said the Bureau needs “the public’s assistance in identifying US persons, going to fight overseas with terrorist groups or who are returning home from fighting overseas.”

Any useful information about terror suspects can be sent to the FBI’s website or by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI, the agency announced.

Steinbach also asked the American public to help identifying a man from a IS propaganda video aimed at appealing to a Western audience.

In the 55-minute video, a masked man addressed a group of alleged Islamic State prisoners in Arab and English.

“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 FBI said. His accent is believed to be North American, he added.

“We’re hoping that someone might recognize this individual and provide us with key pieces of information,” Steinbach said, adding: “No piece of information is too small.”

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