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FBI seeking leads on U.S. terrorists

FBI McClatchy

The FBI is now explicitly seeking the public’s help in identifying and tracking former U.S. residents who may now be allied with terrorists overseas.

On Tuesday, in an intriguing move, the Bureau posted a short excerpt from a longer ISIL propaganda video. The excerpt, a little bit longer than one minute, shows a masked man who, according to investigators, “alternates seamlessly between English and Arabic in pro-ISIL pronouncements intended to appeal to a Western audience.”

“We’re hoping that someone might recognize this individual and provide us with key pieces of information,” Michael Steinbach, assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, said in a statement. “No piece of information is too small.”

The FBI posted the video along with an online tip form.

The latest effort follows up a project initiated earlier this year by the FBI’s Minneapolis Division, which included a tip line and the distribution of business cards to community leaders asking for information about suspicious travelers.