U.S. Military Warned of Possible Islamic State Attacks at Home: Report

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An Islamic State fighter walks near a black flag belonging to the Islamic State as a Turkish army vehicle takes up position near the Syrian town of Kobani. Umit Bektas/Files/Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials have warned military personnel that Islamic State forces may be planning attacks against them in the United States, ABC News reported on Monday.

A joint intelligence bulletin sent to law enforcement agencies by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security urged U.S. military to erase from their online social media accounts anything would draw attention from "violent extremists" or reveal service members' identity, the news network said.

FBI representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ABC report.

The network said the government indicated late Sunday it had obtained intelligence that Islamic State militants, who have taken over parts of Iraq and Syria with the intention of setting up a fundamentalist caliphate, were targeting the United States within its borders.

Two Canadian soldiers were killed in their country in October in separate attacks recently that police said were carried out by converts to Islam.