The Pentagon used the weekend to notify is service personnel who were on an Islamic State hit list and the bases where the personnel are stationed contacted law enforcement authorities to increase patrols in the areas where they live.
In addition, after the Pentagon asked YouTube to take the IS hit list down the video site obliged. Islamic State urged its followers and its sympathizers across the U.S. to kill the service members in the U.S. on that list. The list contains names, photos and addresses.
Officials at the Pentagon said the list appears as if it were drawn from a public source. Some of the information is old, some incorrect, but it still remains a threat.
General Carter Ham called the incident disconcerting for the families. The families that had been identified in the release but more broadly across the armed forces who take part in social media know that the information can be corrupted and be used by an organization of terror against them.
IS cannot do anything against the air strikes led by the U.S., which by the most recent count had killed over 8,500 fighters while striking over 5,3000 targets, but has found a way to fight back through social media and threatening military personnel at their home base.
Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard said that this is the kind of tactics that are starting to increase, not just here in the U.S. but in other areas of the world, where the extremist terrorist cells are looking for soft targets.
Only about 180 Americans are known to be supporters of IS, but no one knows how many others might be inspired to act against the list of servicemen.
During the weekend, CENTCOM released a warning through Facebook for all military personnel that said a new norm has been established with threats being real, and teammates or family members could be targeted.