WASHINGTON — Federal investigators are conducting an investigation after the barbaric Islamic group ISIS, which identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, released a “kill” list targeting approximately 100 members of the U.S. military.
The list, released by the terrorist organization’s “hacking division” provides the names, addresses, and photographs of the servicemen, urging their Islamic “brothers in America” to “deal with them.” The group claims that the persons listed were all part of efforts to fight ISIS in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
“With the huge amount of data we have from various different servers and databases, we have decided to leak 100 addresses so that our brothers in America can deal with you,” the threatening message accompanying the list read. “And now we have made it easy for you by giving you addresses. All you need to do is take the final step, so what are you waiting for?”
But U.S. officials state that some of those on the list never fought against ISIS.
The matter has raised concern among military families. One anonymous wife of an American soldier said that she received a call from the government notifying her that the family’s information was on the list.
“We had a call from an NCIS agent on Saturday who said we were on the ‘ISIS kill list,'” she told Fox News. “The agent wanted to verify our name and address as accurate. He said the threat should be considered. We need to be vigilant, but there was no guidance on what to do and no meeting in person to do a security assessment of our home.”
“I don’t know whether to let our kids play basketball out front of the house,” she continued. “I don’t know if we can get housing on base. But moving onto base would be letting ISIS intimidate us and win.”
Officials state that there doesn’t seem to be any “hacking” involved in obtaining the military families’ information, but that rather the group most likely gleaned the information from public sources. Government organizations had advised military members in recent months to not provide any identifying information online for security purposes.
“It appears the list is people who are active on social media or who have spoken to press,” one unidentified Department of Defense official told NPR.
The release of the list comes days after ISIS released an audio recording threatening to blow up the White House and other global landmarks, and to take over much of the world for Islam.
“We—with Allah’s help—want Paris, before Rome and Islamic Iberia,” spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani threatened. “And after we blow up the White House, Big Ben, and the Eiffel Tower before Paris, and Rome, the Muslims will return to power to be the vanguard and lead in every place.”
He also laid down an ultimatum for Christians and others in the Middle East, stating that they would be unable to stop the spread of the Islamic caliphate.
“The Jews and the Crusaders are scared and weak,” al-Adnani said.
“Convert to Islam or pay the ultimate price when you armies are expelled from Muhammad’s peninsula, from Jerusalem, and all Muslim lands,” he demanded. “What you [will] be paying to us in jizya (a tax on non-Muslims) won’t account for [even] tenth of a tenth of a tenth of a percent of what you pay to finance your doomed war.”