WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A report released by the Army Threat Integration Center warned of a Tweet from an Islamic State jihadist calling for individuals to use social media sites to track down and kill U.S. service members.
The assessment was published Sept. 25 by ARTIC in collusion with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, and listed a variety of possible threats that IS forces pose to the homeland, including lone wolf attacks on service personnel:
Based on a law enforcement bulletin citing a jihadist tweet ISIL has called on lone offenders in the US to use the "yellow pages," social media sites like Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter to find the addresses of service members, "show up [at their homes] and slaughter them."
ARTIC sourced that particular information to a Fox News report, which in turn cited a July law enforcement intelligence bulletin from the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange, a state-run agency, warning of "a continued call -- by Western fighters in Syria and terrorist organizations -- for lone offender attacks against U.S. military facilities and personnel."
"Heavy reliance is placed on operational and official reporting sources, with press reporting used to validate information concerning high publicity incidents," ARTIC's report read.
The Obama Administration indicated last month that some Americans fighting with terrorist groups such as the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh, have indeed come back into U.S. borders, and that several were under FBI surveillance.
The hashtag #CalamityWillBefallUs was utilized by IS supporters to issue threats to the West, but is now also used as a platform for Western social media users to make counter-threats.
ARTIC said in the report that its assessment was "provided for situational awareness of general law enforcement, antiterrorism, and force protection issues and should not be considered a finished intelligence product."
It said that the assessment "does not represent the coordinated views of the U.S. Army."