- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Federal authorities say the risk of Detroit-area residents joining the Islamic State group isn’t amplified by the region’s large Muslim population.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade tells The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/1Nk4OsJ ) “every part of the country is concerned about this issue.”

Federal agents have encouraged community, religious and civil rights leaders to help discourage people from backing the Islamic State group.

Meanwhile, authorities are keeping an eye out for any possible recruiting. Paul Abbate, special agent in charge of Detroit’s FBI office, says “a whole spectrum of investigative techniques” is being used.

Their comments come after an Iraqi man living in Michigan was accused last month of lying about plans to train with the Islamic State group in the Middle East. He was arrested before a one-way flight to Jordan.

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