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Washington Police Officer arrested for helping ISIS

04 Aug 2016 | By Supriya Kaur
ISIS's tenacles spread across the U.S.

US Metro Police officer, Nicholas Young, has been charged with aiding the terrorist group ISIS.

Young has been a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Cop since 2003. He has been on the radar of law enforcement agencies since 2010 but was finally arrested by the FBI yesterday.

Young was arrested for buying gift cards that would facilitate communication to and from the ISIS group.

In context: ISIS's tenacles spread across the U.S.

BackgroundISIS spreads in the U.S.

In February 2015, FBI Director, James Comey, referred to the ISIS as a "chaotic spider web" that uses social media to radicalize people across the U.S.

He disclosed that there were investigations underway in all 50 states into people at different stages of radicalization.

The FBI director observed that ISIS's slick propaganda "resonates with troubled souls, people seeking meaning in some horribly misguided way."

February 2015Three NYC men arrested for trying to join ISIS

Three men, residents of New York and Brooklyn, were arrested for attempting to join ISIS and trying to carry out attacks in the U.S.

When approached by undercover FBI agents, they indicated their willingness to attack the police, intelligence officers and infiltrate the military if instructed by ISIS.

One of the arrested is a citizen of Kazakhstan and the other two hailed from Uzbekistan.

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