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Tony Shaffer: Take ISIS Threat To Military Families Seriously

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 07:46 PM

A report that the Islamic State (ISIS) wants willing executioners to randomly target family members of U.S. military personnel is cause for real concern, combat veteran and defense analyst Tony Shaffer told Newsmax TV on Wednesday.

Shaffer, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel with the London Center for Policy Research, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner that "it's just a matter of time before these guys figure out how … to track someone down."

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A bulletin from the Army Threat Integration Center (ARTIC) warns that Islamic State members and sympathizers have been encouraged to scour social media profiles for military families, and then "show up [at their homes] and slaughter them," Fox News reported on Thursday.

The bulletin says that military officials are "concerned of the possibility of an attack," given ISIS's prolific use of social media. It urges soliders, government civilians and their family members "to be vigilant of their surroundings and report suspicious activities to their respective military or local law enforcement."

Shaffer said the threat is viable because people here who are "self-recruited" or "self-radicalized" through online jihadi propaganda can then locate and strike at military families.

"Right now, it's all cyber, it's all virtual," he said, but added that "you're going to see real attacks, if this is not stopped … that are going to be traced back to this virtual targeting of military and governmental members."

Random killings by Islamic State adherents here "will create a real terror atmosphere within our nation, and that's what they want," he said.

Shaffer added that the United States has the intelligence and signals-tracking capacity to identify the sources and recipients of these online calls to arms, but he said that "it's a policy choice not to" exercise those powers fully because of a popular backlash against government surveillance.

Shaffer said that on the actual battlefield, an ISIS capture of Kobani — a key Syrian town near the Turkish border — would be a disastrous development if it comes to pass.

"If this city's taken, it's going to give ISIS essentially a swath of land that is completely controlled by them from the Turkish border all the way into Baghdad — which, by the way, is essentially under siege right now by ISIS," he said.

ISIS securing both locations would mean "complete open terrain to govern and navigate on, a clear unimpeded line of communication and logistics, and, more importantly, a huge psychological victory," said Shaffer.

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A report that the Islamic State (ISIS) wants willing executioners to randomly target family members of U.S. military personnel is cause for real concern, combat veteran and defense analyst Tony Shaffer told Newsmax TV on Wednesday. Shaffer, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant...
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