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FBI says extremists may replicate Paris attacks in US

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A joint bulletin reviewing the tactics and techniques used by terrorists in the November 13 Paris attacks, have been issued by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

Sent to more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies around the country, the bulletin warns that such extremists, “could seek to replicate the effects of the Paris attacks using similar weapons and tactics, although on a smaller scale.”

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The bulletin also states that homegrown violent extremists, either inspired or directed by Syria-based operatives, represent the most likely ISIL threat to the homeland.

Authorities believe the Paris attackers practiced a “high degree of operational security” and may have planned their attack in Belgium “outside the purview of French security services,” and that a cell phone found by French authorities likely associated with an attacker contained encrypted applications, “likely intended to make it difficult for security services to exploit the contents.”

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