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FBI probing Islamic extremists in US military after 'lone wolf' attack by Qaeda sympathizer

June 26, 2012 - Washington

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating more than 100 suspected Islamic extremists in the U.S. military.

The probe comes in the wake of the 2009 'lone wolf' attack by an alleged Al-Qaeda sympathizer that killed 13 people at a Texas army base, reports.

About a dozen extremists are considered to be 'serious' threats, with suspects believed to be actively planning attacks, or are in contact with dangerous fanatics, reports said.

The potential internal threats come from those in active military service, reserves and civilians who have access to military installations.

The Pentagon, however, has declined to comment on the investigations.

According to reports, the FBI had discussed the investigation process at a joint House and Senate committee meeting last December.

"I know one can say that as a percentage of the millions of people in active military service or working with contractors, the numbers you talk about are a small percentage of the total,' Joseph Lieberman, the senator who presided over the hearing, said.

In November 2009, U.S. Army Major Nidal Hassan opened fire on his fellow soldiers at a base in Fort Hood, Texas, which killed 13 people.

An investigation revealed that Hassan was in contact with Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Yemeni American Imam linked to the Al-Qaeda.


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