FBI director: Counterterrorism is top mission

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Updated: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:15:15 EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The director of the FBI says participation of Americans and Europeans in Islamist extremist activities in Syria and Iraq is worrisome, but his agency is committed to making sure they don't carry out attacks in the U.S.

Director James Comey spoke to reporters Friday during a visit to the agency's Atlanta field office.

The United States' direct targeting of the Islamic State group could increase terrorist motivation to hit targets on American soil. But Comey said the FBI, with its partners at home and abroad, is working to identify anyone with ties to the group who might attempt such an attack.

Also worrisome, Comey said, are so-called homegrown terrorists who are influenced by terrorist propaganda online and can also access guidance for carrying out an attack on the Internet.

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