The FBI has begun to interview people in the U.S. whose names have appeared on an Islamic State ‘kill list,” according to the ASSIST News Service.
Among them are "many" Christians involved in international student welcome ministries or who are helping Muslim refugees settle in the United States.
The FBI visits are not related to the killing of an 86-year-old French priest by two terrorist supporters of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) last week as he led prayer in a Normandy church.
The FBI visits were already underway before the priest was murdered.
No Americans on the Islamic State "kill lists" have been successfully targeted or killed. However, the FBI is advising those whose names are on these lists to take precautions and report anything suspicious.
Pro-jihadi websites are urging American Muslims to undertake "personal jihad" missions against Christians, journalists, military personnel, police, social workers and others who are helping Muslims study or settle in the United States.
The "kill lists" are part of the cyber war which the Islamic State is waging to bring more attacks to American soil.
An FBI agent said that so far, he is not sure what prompts certain Americans to get listed on the lists but "many" are Christian volunteers and ministers. Site visits to churches, homes and offices of those listed as targets on the jihadi websites are a routine part of FBI investigations.
According to the Pentagon, the worldwide jihad "kill lists" were updated on July 24 and includes Americans living in 19 states.