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US considers airstrikes on ISIS in Syria

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American airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq have enabled Iraqi and Kurd forces to retake ground lost to the terrorists. (Source: CBS) American airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq have enabled Iraqi and Kurd forces to retake ground lost to the terrorists. (Source: CBS)

WASHINGTON, DC (CBS) - The FBI issued a bulletin to U.S. law enforcement on Friday cautioning that supporters of the Islamic militant group known as ISIS could attack U.S. targets. Now the White House is considering conducting airstrikes in Syria where ISIS has a safe haven.

Iraqi forces have set out to reclaim towns in the northern part of their country where black ISIS flags fly.

The Islamic militant group has booby-trapped the area with roadside bombs, but they no longer control the strategic Mosul Dam.

There is new video of U.S. military airstrikes earlier this week which helped Iraqi troops take back the dam.

Now White House officials say they're considering airstrikes in Syria where ISIS is headquartered following the militant's beheading of American journalist James Foley.

"We've made very clear, time and again that if you come after Americans, we're going to come after you wherever you are," said Ben Rhodes, deputy White House national security adviser.

Foley's executioner was British, one of more than an estimated 1,000 Western Europeans who have joined ISIS.

ISIS propaganda videos also feature recruits from the U.S.

Officials are concerned these ISIS members may have passports that allow them to travel freely.

"These terrorists that can come overseas and conduct individual style attacks, whether they are active shooter scenarios or explosive backpacks, those kind of things are the greatest threat to the United States," said Rick Nelson of the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Intelligence sources say ISIS does not have the capability to carry out a large-scale attack in the U.S.

But if something isn't done to stop them now they could eventually present a threat greater than that ever posed by Osama bin Laden.

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