(ABC News) Of the nearly 1,000 FBI cases across the country looking at people who may have been radicalized online, about 80 percent of them are tied to ISIS, FBI Director James Comey said today.
“[ISIS’] ability to motivate troubled souls, to inspire them, remains a persistent presence in the United States,” Comey said. “We have north of 1,000 cases where we’re trying to evaluate where somebody is on the spectrum from consuming [ISIS propaganda] to acting, and that number continues to tick up slowly.”
However, Comey said ISIS — also known as the Islamic State — has been losing its ability to recruit people to Iraq or Syria, with the FBI seeing a “drop in the number of people traveling or attempting to travel” overseas to join the group.
“The so-called Islamic State brand has lost significant power in the United States,” Comey said. “They’ve lost their ability to attract people to their Caliphate from the United States.”