In a video released Monday on a site to which the Islamic State posts its messages, a man identified in subtitles as Al Ghareeb the Algerian proclaimed that ISIS was setting its sights on the nation’s capital: “We swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington.”
Emily Miller, chief investigative reporter at FOX5 News in Washington, D.C., took note of this “be on the lookout” notice concerning four men inside the Pentagon Metro Station. We’re assuming there’s more to the transit police’s interest than is listed on the poster.
This is scary: Be On The Lookout alert for these men on DC metro at Pentagon. Note it was a warm on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/hkgTuhBgKx
— Emily Miller (@EmilyMiller) November 19, 2015
— Millennial Views (@millennialviews) November 19, 2015
@EmilyMiller We need to profile. These guys look like Syrians just off the boat!
— KayDee (@ally_gardener) November 19, 2015
— Celine (@CosmicFuhrer) November 19, 2015
— Runce Loh (@Runcie) November 19, 2015
— JP Evans (@pevans4uga) November 19, 2015
— Sanaea Patryck (@SanaeaPatryck) November 19, 2015
— Greymagus (@greymagus) November 19, 2015
But what about the bulky clothing on a warm day in D.C.?
— Cheryl (@CAW622) November 19, 2015
@EmilyMiller Those who know, know what this means. Pray those who should be on their toes, ARE
— Vaughan Pitts (@vaughanpitts) November 19, 2015
— Jere Smith (@smith_jere) November 19, 2015
@EmilyMiller what did they do?
— J Coleman (@1st_Son_of_MD) November 19, 2015
The poster doesn’t say, but it does remind us of the FBI’s similar poster of all the men milling about the Benghazi compound, some carrying rifles, during the Sept. 11 attack. Maybe these four from the train station know some bad guys from back home who are planning something.
Update. The men have been located and cleared by D.C.’s Metro Transit Police:
The 4 men in internal MTPD bolo were ID'd & contacted by us yest evening. All checked out, fully cooperative, no nexus to criminal activity.
— Metro Transit Police (@MetroTransitPD) November 19, 2015
Editor’s note: This post has been updated.