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    Philadelphia locals with suspected ISIS ties arrested - 'they were going to do something'

    By Associated Press & Fionnuala Boyle,

    2024-06-12
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    Philadelphia locals arrested for suspected ties with ISIS "were going to do something," according to one ex-official. Eight people from Tajikistan with suspected ties to the Islamic State group were arrested in the US in recent days.

    The arrests were carried out in Philadelphia , New York and Los Angeles and the individuals are being held on immigration violations after they entered the US through the southern border, according to sources.

    The nature of the individuals' suspected connections to the IS is unclear but the individuals were being tracked by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, or JTTF. They were in the custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which made the arrests while working with the JTTF. Proceedings are underway to deport them.

    "Maybe they weren't using their real names , maybe they were using different names ," Jack Tomarchio, former director of intelligence for the Department of Homeland Security, told 6ABC.

    "We've had individuals that we knew were going to do something or planned to do something. We may have not immediately scooped them up because we wanted to see who they were affiliated with."

    The individuals from Tajikistan entered the country last spring and passed through the US government’s screening process without any details showing up that would have flagged them as a potential terror-related concern .

    The FBI and Department of Homeland Security confirmed the immigration-related arrests of “several non-citizens” but did not elaborate. The US has been in a " heightened threat environment ," the agencies added.

    The aftermath of the October 7 attack by Hamas on Israel means the US is dealing with growing threats from homegrown violent extremists alongside foreign terrorist organizations, FBI Director Christopher Wray has said.

    At one recent congressional hearing, Wray said officials were “concerned about the terrorism implications from potential targeting of vulnerabilities at the border.”

    The Biden administration said it had become aware of and stopped a network attempting to smuggle people from Uzbekistan into the US in August. At least one member of the network had links to a foreign terrorist group.

    For the latest local news and features on Irish America, visit our homepage here .

    “The FBI and DHS will continue working around the clock with our partners to identify, investigate, and disrupt potential threats to national security ,” the agencies said.

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