• St. Augustine, Middleburg among local cities on ISIS hit list from March

    By: Ben Becker


    Service members in St. Augustine, the nation's oldest city, are facing a new ISIS threat in the wake of last week's terror attacks in Paris, which killed at least 129 people.

    “What I can tell you (is) St. Augustine is a historic city. There are articles and items in St. Johns County that may make it a target to some degree,” said St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Chuck Mulligan.

    A nationwide “kill list” was released last March by ISIS. The list includes Merritt Island, Palm Coast, St. Augustine and Middleburg.  

    "That's not shocking. We've known for a long time. I've spent time on the regional domestic security task force, and we spent time assessing each community in Florida," Mulligan said.

    The "kill list" said ISIS is urging its members in the U.S to kill service members whose names, photos and addresses were posted on a website under the name Islamic State Hacking Division.

    Action News Jax law and safety expert Dale Carson, a former FBI agent, said containing ISIS is a big challenge.

    “Most of law enforcement is driven by human intelligence -- people picking up the phone and calling and saying, ‘This is going on, I want you to be aware of it.’ (In) the event that we don’t do that, we really prevent us from being as secure as we otherwise could be,” Carson said.

    An FBI spokesperson said there is currently no specific threat to the United States. 

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