‘We are in your streets:’ U.S. Secret Service to probe ISIS Twitter taunt
The picture was initially tweeted on August 9 by an account that was later deleted
The U.S. Secret Service has reportedly launched an investigation to probe a photo that appeared to show someone holding a smartphone outside the White House displaying the ISIS flag.
The picture, which was first tweeted on August 9, showed the White House's north portico in the background, according to the Daily Mail.
It was initially posted by a Twitter account that was later deleted, the British daily said. The picture was later shared by a pro-ISIS Twitter user which his name can be read in English as ‘Conquer the tyrants.’
“We are in your state,” a statement accompanied by the picture said. “We are in your cities. We are in your streets. You are our goals anywhere.”
A Secret Service spokesman told ABC News that his agency has “an intelligence division whose mission is to assess information that we receive every day for dangerousness or potential threat level.”
“We are aware of the image and will take the necessary and appropriate follow up steps,” he said.
The incident resembles an incident in which a photo presumably held up in front of the Old Republic Building in Chicago showed a handwritten note in Arabic saying ISIS veterans will “pass from here.”
“Soldiers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria will pass from here soon,” read the note dated June 20.
Fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria claim to be on a mission to turn every country into an Islamic State.
The extremist group considers the United States an enemy for supporting Israel and other authoritarian rulers in the Arab world.