PHOENIX — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is hoping the public can identify an English-speaking man who appeared in a pro-Islamic State video posted online.
The man moves fluently between English and Arabic and sounds as if he has a North American accent. In the video, the man is shown standing in front of purported prisoners and later presides over their execution.
“We’re hoping that someone might recognize this individual and provide us with key pieces of information,” said Michael Steinbach, assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. “No piece of information is too small.”
The video is believed to be a tool to recruit English-speaking fighters.
The FBI believes about a dozen Americans are fighting alongside ISIS. Earlier this week, an Illinois teenager was arrested for attempting to join ISIS. Mohammed Hamzah Khan allegedly planned to travel through Turkey to reach Syria or Iraq.
Several Americans have been arrested in the past years after authorities learned they were planning to join terrorist groups.
Anyone with information on the militant in the video or others who desire to join terrorist groups is asked to contact the FBI at 800-255-5324, go to fbi.gov/ISILtips or file a report at the closest FBI office.