Counter-terrorism experts investigating new threat

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police and counter-terrorism experts are now investigating a new terror threat against Las Vegas and other major U.S. cities.

Officers say they recently picked up on what they're calling a threat to the West. Extremists have called on lone wolves to harm Americans.

This comes after the ghastly execution of American journalist James Foley by the extremist group Islamic State in Iraq, or ISIS, in retaliation for airstrikes by the U.S. military.

President Barack Obama has called the group's movement a cancer.

Metro doesn't believe Las Vegas is in imminent danger but is investigating what they found. The department says threats like these are not uncommon, but they're taking this seriously.

The Las Vegas Strip is one of the most visible places in the world, known to people across the globe. Unfortunately, counter-terrorism investigators say that has also left the valley a target for extremists.

"We take every and any threat to Las Vegas very seriously. So, we don't look at this lightly," Lt. Nichole Splinter with Counter-Terrorism Section said.

Splinter says this new threat to Las Vegas and other cities came in through English-speaking publications called "Inspire" and "Palestine," which are written for those who have extremist beliefs.

"Everything related to them is their hatred toward the West and that is their ideology and their rhetoric," Splinter said.

Splinter says the threat could mean hurting or killing Americans through homemade bombs, or any way they could make a statement, something President Obama says the nation cannot stand for.

"One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIS has no place in the 21st Century," the president said.

President Obama told Americans the federal government will do what is necessary to stop attacks by Al-Qaeda, ISIS and other terrorist groups

"People like this ultimately fail. They fail because the future is won by those who build and not destroy, and the world is shaped by people like Jim Foley," the president said.

In the meantime, Foley's parents are coming to terms with their son's death at the hands of ISIS

In the video showing the killing of James Foley, there was also a warning that a second American journalist could die if the U.S. doesn't end operations in Iraq.

The U.S. launched airstrikes against ISIS forces again Wednesday.


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