FBI cautions military members to be on alert

The J. Edgar Hoover building Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) headquarters in Washington, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is advising current and former members of the military to review their social media accounts to avoid posts that might attract attention from the group calling itself the Islamic State and its supporters.

A new bulletin from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security notes that the Islamic State group already has publicly encouraged attacks against law enforcement and military service members.

The FBI says it has information suggesting the Islamic State is looking for “like-minded” individuals in the United States who would be willing to carry out attacks.

The bulletin, which was reviewed by The Associated Press, cites the October attack by a gunman who killed a soldier at Canada’s national war memorial and then stormed Parliament. The bulletin says such attacks might embolden violent extremists.

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