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Pentagon Says It’s Contacting Military Personnel on Purported 100-Person ISIS Hit List

From left: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey, Defense Secretary Ash Carter, and Secretary of State John Kerry.

The Pentagon is contacting the 100 current and former service members identified on a list of purported ISIS targets, the AP reports, but says there is no indication any of the individuals is in imminent danger. The list of names, photos, and addresses was posted by a group claiming ISIS affiliation with instructions that identified individuals should be killed.

The New York Times reported on Saturday that none of the posted information appears to have been hacked from classified material:

One Defense Department official, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said that most of the information could be found in public records, residential address search sites and social media.

The officials said the list appears to be drawn from personnel who have appeared in news articles about airstrikes on the militant group.

Some of the names also appear to be drawn from the Defense Department’s own official reports on the campaign against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL.

“Several months ago,” NPR reports, “the FBI and Pentagon asked military personnel to take identifying material off the web in anticipation of just such a possibility.”