ISIS releases hit list of 700 U.S. Army soldiers, saying “kill the dogs”

Screenshot of threats against 70 U.S. service members published by the Islamic State Hacking Division to the US military in May 2016.

ISIS has released another “hit list” of over 700 specifically-identified US Soldiers and is urging their agents to “kill the dogs.”

One of ISIS’s newest hacking networks -the United Cyber Caliphate- posted a number of hit lists, which appear to be public information and chosen at random, according to The Washington Times.

Despite the seemingly random nature of the July 25th list, a Pentagon source told WT that analysts have not found an open source and that one or more government sites may have been hacked.

Meanwhile, the US Army official channels from the Pentagon assert that they do not believe a breach has occurred.

“There is no evidence of any malicious activity or breach at this time on any Army network,” the statement read. “The Army is coordinating efforts with the Department of Defense as we work to determine the validity of any potential threats to personnel. In the meantime, our Criminal Investigation Command is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has provided the information to the chains of command. As always, we encourage soldiers to take prudent measures to limit the sharing of personal information online.”

The soldiers mostly appear to be of combat or special operations backgrounds and predominantly come from Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

The “kill list” names are but a handful of over 8,000 names given out in June, with targets ranging from soldiers to police officers around the country. While ISIS uses the encrypted messaging app Telegram for most of their transmissions, the caliphate has also sent out smaller hit lists via social media.

ISIS’s “away game” strategy places much dependence on the ability to radicalize followers across the world, urging them to carry out terror attacks and assassinations, often in a “lone wolf“ fashion.

Middle East Media Research Institute executive director Steven Stalinsky said that the increased releases of hit lists should be enough for German authorities to crack down on the developer of Telegram, Pavel Durov, who is an exiled Russian living in Germany.

“In Washington, at meetings I have held with government officials and on Capitol Hill over the past year, I have continually reiterated the need for them to contact the German Embassy and to address this issue,” Mr. Stalinsky said. “I am certain that if any jihadi organization was posting kill lists of German government officials, military personnel and ordinary German citizens, the German government would act immediately.”

In addition to names, the hit lists also included soldiers’ names, addresses, phone numbers and official email addresses.

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  • Andy Wolf

    Andy Wolf is an Appalachian native who spent much of his youth and young adulthood overseas in search of combat, riches, and adventure- accruing decades of experience in military, corporate, first responder, journalistic and advisory roles. He resides in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with his K9 companion, Kiki.

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