U.S. airstrikes boost Islamic State, more hostages possible: FBI

September 17, 2014 2:28 PM

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U.S. airstrikes boost Islamic State, more hostages possible: FBI

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Support for Islamic State increased after U.S. airstrikes began in Iraq and the militant group may take more hostages to try to force concessions from Washington, the FBI director told Congress on Wednesday.

Islamic State is "committed to instilling fear and attracting recruits" and to drawing public attention, as shown through its use of social media and in videos it released of the beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, said FBI Director James Comey.

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