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Jan092015

FBI, DHS Issue Bulletin in Response to Paris Attack

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin on Friday, giving 18,000 law enforcement agencies around the country "perspective" on the attack at the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday.

The bulletin says that the attack "demonstrated a greater degree of sophistication and advanced weapons handling than seen in previous coordinated small-arms attacks, such as the 2013 Westgate Mall attack." Further, the agencies note that the gunmen "acted with confidence and exhibited skill in weapons handling."

Echoing previous concerns, the agencies also noted that Americans who join terrorist groups overseass "could gain combat skills, violent extremist connections, and possibly become further radicalized or persuaded to conduct organized or lone offender extremist-style attacks, potentially targeting the United States and its interests abroad."

The bulletin says that no specific threat within the U.S. has been uncovered, repeating the information presented by President Obama's homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco on Thursday.

The FBI and DHS say they are working with French counterparts and the intelligence community to learn more about the suspects involved in Wednesday's attack. That information includes possible "connections to international terrorist groups and/or travel to known combat zones."

The agencies say "major U.S. cities, aviation, and mass transit will remain attractive targets for [al Qaeda], it's affiliates, and ideologically aligned groups," though they believe that targets linked to the U.S government, military or media organizations "may become of particular interest."


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