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Any Port in a Storm: FBI Increases Use of Stings in Daesh Investigations

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has increased the use of stings in the investigations of terrorism cases by employing its agents to pose as jihadists or gun dealers, The New York Times reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — These undercover operations are now used in about two of every three prosecutions that involve people suspected of supporting Daesh, The New York Times reported Tuesday referring to its analysis of records and interviews. Some 90 US residents have already faced charges on Daesh links.

The media insists that, in recent investigations in different US states, FBI agents working undercover have helped suspects to acquire weapons, choose targets for bombings or to find routes to Syria.

"We’re not going to wait for the person to mobilize on his own time line," executive assistant director of the FBI’s national security branch Michael B. Steinbach said as quoted by The New York Times.

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He also added that the FBI could not wait knowing that the suspect was actively plotting.

The news outlet noted that Muslim leaders and civil liberties advocates said that FBI agents were persuading suspects into doing things that they might not do in different circumstances.

Daesh has been designated as a terrorist organization and is outlawed in the United States and Russia, among numerous other states.

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