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ISIS Encouraging Attacks on U.S. Air Force Bases, South Korea Intelligence Agency Says

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• June 20, 2016 11:11 am

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ISIS has called on sympathizers to carry out attacks on more than 70 U.S. and NATO air force bases across the world, South Korea’s intelligence agency said Sunday.

The militant group’s hacking organization, the United Cyber Caliphate, published addresses and Google satellite maps of U.S. air force units in South Korea, CNN reported, citing South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS).

Osan Air Base, located roughly 40 miles from Seoul, was among the 77 facilities listed as targets.

ISIS also released information on individuals in 21 nations, NIS said in a statement. The terror group reportedly released personal information about a South Korean welfare organization employee, who has now been placed under protection.

U.S. Forces Korea said in a statement Monday that it took the safety and security of its bases seriously and "remains committed to ensuring the highest degree of security on the Korean Peninsula."

"Through constant vigilance and regular exercises with our South Korean counterparts, we remain prepared to respond at any time to any emerging threats," the group said.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the nation was prepared to provide security forces to the U.S. military units, Yonhap News Agency reported.

"Terror against South Korean citizens and foreigners in this country is becoming a reality," the NIS said in the statement Sunday.

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