ISIS is calling on its supporters to attack 77 specific U.S. and NATO air force facilities around the world, according to South Korea’s intelligence agency. ISIS’ hacking organization, the United Cyber Caliphate, collected details of U.S. Air Force units in South Korea and around the world. The addresses and Google satellite maps of these bases have been released through Telegram, an online messaging service, with messages asking supporters to target these facilities.
According to South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) the terror group hopes to inspire “lone wolf” attackers in other nations to carry out strikes on the 77 air force facilities. The group also released a hit list made up of targets in over 21 countries, including the personal details of one employee of a South Korean welfare organization. The agency has put that person under protection and is alerting world leaders of their findings.
U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) released a statement on Monday stating they are taking the threats to both South Korea and their allies around the world”very seriously.” The statement read:
“Through constant vigilance and regular exercises with our South Korean counterparts, we remain prepared to respond at any time to any emerging threats… USFK remains committed to ensuring the highest degree of security on the Korean Peninsula.”
The NIS and USFK have both warned citizens that the threat of ISIS terror attacks in South Korea are becoming a reality and that the nation will do everything they can to fight the threat. The South Korean government has already acted on this promise, over 50 suspected terrorists have been deported from South Korea in just the past five years.