Military heightens attack awareness at bases

The U.S. military has boosted security at its stateside bases and stations in broad recognition that the United States has heightened its awareness of a possible attack inspired by the Islamic State militant group, U.S. officials said Friday.

The force protection condition was upped from “Alpha” to “Bravo,” the middle of five steps on the military’s scale, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. It means that the military believes an increased and predictable security threat is at home. Extra precautions, ID checks and searches were launched across the country. It does not mean that an attack is considered imminent.

The decision was made by U.S. Northern Command, which oversees homeland security for the Defense Department.

FBI Director James Comey told reporters Thursday that investigators are pursuing hundreds of investigations related to the Islamic State in the United States. On Sunday, gunmen believed to be inspired by the group opened fire on police guarding a civilian gathering in Garland, Texas, where a contest was underway to draw the prophet Muhammad.