The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's (ISIS) latest "kill list" targets around 1,700 individuals including American citizens, churches, and synagogue members.
On July 3, ISIS released a new kill list, prompting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to alert American Jewish leaders on the possible threat to synagogues. On Friday, around 200 Jewish leaders participated in a conference call organized by the Secure Community Network (SCN), Haaretz reports.
SCN, which is the national Jewish community's security arm, said the names of the synagogue members included in the latest ISIS kill list were taken from synagogue websites and other sources. Terrorist-activity monitor SITE was the one that spotted the said list. These lists are usually posted on online forums, and although the host sites take them down, they eventually appear again.
In a statement, the SCN explained that the new ISIS kill list was intended to inspire ISIS supporters to launch their own attacks.
"The lists appear to be directed toward 'lone wolf' ISIS supporters who may be inspired to carry out attacks," said the SCN. "However, there have been no reported incidents to date in which an ISIS-inspired individual has carried out an attack on any individual appearing on these lists."
This is not the first time that ISIS has released a kill list targeting U.S. citizens. The terror group released one last month on the site Vocativ, and other previous lists included names of military men and prominent businesspeople.
However, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said Americans whose names are included in the list are not informed about it. In a letter addressed to FBI director James Comey, Grassley said the citizens deserve to know if they are on a hit list, Fox News reported last month.
Earlier this year, NYPD detectives contacted New York residents whose names appeared on another ISIS kill list. One of those persons told Fox News that police asked her to report any suspicious bank activities, but she said she could not think of a reason why her name would land on that list.