The Defense Department joined the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI on Wednesday to warn of the threat of an ISIS attack in the U.S. over the 4th of July holiday weekend.
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said U.S. bases nationwide were on higher alert, and Carter said that “some of our service members will be hard at work” over the weekend to deter the threat, without specifying what would be involved.
“Those who seek to harm this nation take no holiday,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said at a Pentagon press briefing with General Martin Dempsey, writes Military.com.
ABC7 News in Denver writes that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security “issued a warning to 18,000 law enforcement agencies about a heightened concern over terror attacks targeting 4th of July celebrations.”
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security sent out a joint warning to law enforcement across the country last weekend concerning a growing trend of girls and boys wanting to fight with ISIS, according to CNN.
One official said there was no increase in U.S. government threat levels, although there is heightened concern lately about recruitment of American and other foreign fighters by Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
A DHS official, commenting on background, said the bulletin was issued “to provide further information on the continuing trend of Western youth being inspired by ISIL to travel to Syria to participate in conflict,” says Reuters.
The warning comes in the wake of the detention of a 17-year-old Northern Virginia teen last week, says a law enforcement official who has read the report.
The source says law enforcement is tracking “lots of cases” like that around the country and they’re growing increasingly concerned about the threat.
The warning lays out motivations for boys and girls to join ISIS.
Boys tend to be older when they leave to fight and be a part of foreign fighters, or they want to attack in the U.S. Girls tend to be younger and have a fanciful notion of what life is like in Syria, and they often want to go over and be Islamic brides.