WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s top adviser on counterterrorism said on Wednesday that U.S. officials are vigilant against potential threats from Islamic State militants, but told cable channel MSNBC that there was “no credible threat” against the United States at the moment.
“We’ve got no credible threat reporting against Washington D.C.” or other parts of the United States, Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, said in the interview.
Monaco said the U.S. government conducts rigorous reviews of Syrian refugee applicants, noting that it has looked at some 20,000 Syrian refugees referred by the United Nations since fiscal year 2011. Of those refugees, the United States has interviewed some 7,000 people and accepted fewer than 2,000, Monaco told MSNBC.
Reward offered for ISIS leader
The U.S. said on Wednesday it would pay a $5 million reward for information leading to the location or identification of Islamic State leader Abu-Muhammad al-Shimali.
The U.S. State Department said Al-Shimali has facilitated travel from Turkey to Syria of prospective Islamic State fighters from Australia, Europe and the Middle East.