Islamic State has “revolutionized” terrorism by seeking to inspire small-scale individual attacks around the world through social media, encrypted communications and slickly produced propaganda, FBI Director James Comey said on Wednesday.
“Your parents’ al Qaeda was a very different model than the threat we face today,” Comey said at a counterterrorism conference in New York City.
He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation currently has “hundreds” of investigations in all 50 U.S. states involving potential Islamic State-inspired plots.
His remarks came as Americans are jittery two weeks after a married couple shot and killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, in an attack inspired by Islamic State.
The group is based in Iraq and Syria, where it controls a large area of territory as it seeks to carve out a caliphate. It claimed responsibility for attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 that killed 130 people.
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