The US Department of Defense has increased security at US military bases across the country as a precaution after the FBI warned that Americans with ties to the ISIL terrorist group could target troops or police officers.
Admiral William Gortney, the head of US Northern Command, ordered the heightened alert to make sure troops have a “greater awareness and vigilance out in the field” for potential security risks, a Pentagon official told AFP on Friday.
“We want to make sure they’re taking extra care guarding installations and our people,” the official said.
The move came after a new assessment by the FBI indicating that the influence of ISIL is increasing across the United States and that the terror network could soon execute a 9/11-style attack in the country.
FBI Director James Comey said Thursday there are “hundreds, maybe thousands” of Americans who are receiving recruitment proposals from ISIL or directives to attack the US.