Political analyst: ISIS hit-list threat low but not zero

Political analyst: ISIS hit-list threat low but not zero

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Islamic radical group ISIS has named 25 Louisiana service men and women and urges its followers to kill them.

Over the weekend, ISIS released the names and personal information, which includes addresses, of 100 U.S. military members. Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport is the home of 25 people on the list.

"The threat is very, very low, but it's not zero," Tulane Political Science Professor Christopher Fettweis said. "It's not going to be ISIS, but if there is a wanna-be, if there is some teenager who is mad, you never know."

ISIS used a video to announce the release of the list. The Islamic State got the information from public websites available to anyone. It appears that ISIS chose the Barksdale Airmen because it believes troops from there are linked to a bombing campaign that reportedly struck 5,300 ISIS targets.

"If I'm the president, I'd give anybody who wants the chance to move a few thousand bucks of moving expenses to let them do it," Fettweis said. "That seems like the least we could do,"

"I think it's an affront to the American people," said Gen. Cole Peyton, who led the 8th Air Force at Barksdale. "I think it certainly is confirmation that the war has certainly come home to the U.S., and I hope and pray to God that we don't have some kind of terrible tragedy here."

"There's really no major threat for ISIS in the United States, but the threat is not zero," Fettweis said. "If I were one of these [people on the hit-list], I'd be a little worried."

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