- The Washington Times - Friday, November 20, 2015

The Islamic State terror group is actively attempting to recruit Texans from the greater Dallas region, as the Lone State State still reels back from an attempted rampage in May, the area’s top FBI official said recently.

There’s “no doubt” that the group also known as ISIS is recruiting in North Texas, FBI Special Agent in Charge Tom Class told a NBC News affiliate.

“It’s the most significant threat to the country — the most significant threat to our national security and it’s the FBI’s top priority,” he said. “We have active investigations, counterterrorism investigations, every day. We’re fully employed.”

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Mr. Class took the reins of the regional FBI office this past March, two months before a pair of gunman attempted to ambush an event at Garland’s Curtis Culwell Center. Authorities have since said the would-be attackers were directly inspired by ISIS and had been in communication with the group’s chief social media operative.

Speaking in his first television interview since joining the north Texas office, Mr. Class told the network that authorities are still struggling to stay one step ahead of extremist groups but find themselves facing an uphill battle as ISIS members continue to conduct recruitment efforts over the Web.

“The Garland attack was a good example of that. The individuals involved in that came from outside to Garland, Texas, but they acted very quickly,” he said.

“The threat’s not going to go away. It will morph into different areas I’m sure, but we’re in for the battle of a lifetime really,” the agent added.

On Thursday, meanwhile, officials said eight Syrians surrendered to immigration authorities after attempting to cross along the Texas-Mexico border this week.

“ISIS maybe? I told you so. WE NEED A BIG & BEAUTIFUL WALL!” tweeted Donald Trump, a real estate mogul and GOP presidential candidate.

Following a check against law enforcement and national-security-related databases, officials found no “derogatory information” about the Syrians, U.S. Border Patrol said in a statement.

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