FBI head: ISIS brand losing attraction in US
12 May 2016, 08:03
Washington - FBI Director James Comey says fewer Americans are travelling to fight alongside the Islamic State. He says the group's influence in the United States appears to be on the decline.
Comey told reporters at a round table discussion on Wednesday that the number of Americans who have gone or have tried to join the group has dropped to about one per month. It used to be a half-dozen or more a month.
He said there's "no doubt" that something has happened to diminish the attractiveness of the Islamic State to Americans.
Comey said the FBI has "north of 1 000" cases in which agents are trying to evaluate a subject's level of radicalisation and potential for violence.