ISIL in America: Domestic Terror and Radicalization (FBI)

  • Michael Steinbach
  • Assistant Director, Counterterrorism Division
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Statement Before the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations
  • Washington, D.C.
  • February 26, 2015

“Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the dynamic threat posed by foreign fighters traveling in support of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the continued threat to the United States posed by homegrown violent extremists. These threats remain one of the biggest priorities for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Intelligence Community (IC), and our foreign, state, and local partners. I am pleased to be here today with strong state and local partners—Charlotte, North Carolina Police Chief Rodney Monroe and Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Minnesota Sheriff Richard Stanek.”

See the full Congressional Testimony here.

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‘Jihadi John’ Is Mohammed Emwazi from London

Jihadi John

Intelligence officials have revealed that Jihadi John is a British citizen and previously tried to join Al-Shabaab after being radicalized in Tanzania. He had received a degree in computer science from the University of Westminster and came from a prominent Kuwaiti family in Britain. The intelligence officials think he has been in Syria since at least September 2012.

See the BBC and the Independent reports here.