The US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security have detained some 70 persons related to the Islamic State (ISIL) terrorist group, US House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul announced on Wednesday.

“The FBI and Homeland [Security Department] working together have arrested almost 70 ISIL [Islamic State] related individuals in this country,” McCaul said at a hearing on threats to US national security.

The ISIL is a militant group in control of large areas of Syria and Iraq. The group is notorious for its brutality and many human rights violations, as well as for recruiting people from all over the world via social networks.

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