As the Obama administration continues its sluggish bombing campaign against the Islamic State, ISIS fighters are waging a war directly on the families of U.S. military soldiers.
Last week Angela Ricketts, the wife of an active duty military officer, received a message through her author page on Facebook. At first she assumed it was an average online troll, but after further investigation discovered the message came from an ISIS account. On the same day she received the threat, four other military wives received something similar.
"I read the message and it was terrifying. It threatened my family, it threatened me, it threatened my husband, it said they knew everything about us and where we were and threatened us with Shariah law," Ricketts said On The RecordThursday night. "This isn't the mountains of eastern Afghanistan and Paktika province. This isn't the desert of Iraq. This is here and this is now. This is a brand new world and how are we going to deal with it now that it's here and these threats are directed towards us?"
"Having it director towards us, it's completely new ground," Ricketts added.
Last year the FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletinwarning military families not to advertise their connection to the armed forces online.
The military is taking threats from ISIS seriously and has told family members to remain cautious and vigilant.