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Terror investigations ongoing in all 50 states, homeland security chief says

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly talked about threats to the U.S. on Tuesday. (Source: CNN) Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly talked about threats to the U.S. on Tuesday. (Source: CNN)
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WASHINGTON, DC  (CNN) - Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly issued a stark warning on Tuesday, calling the risk of a terror attack on the United States "as threatening today" as it was on 9/11. 

Specifically, Kelly outlined the danger posed by homegrown terrorists and foreign fighters from around the world who have traveled to Syria and Iraq with plans to return home.

According to Kelly, the FBI currently has open terrorism investigations in all 50 states.

"What's feeding the violence?  Typically, what feeds the violence is the internet. From anywhere across the world, terrorist organizations are sharing hateful propaganda with impressionable people. They're publishing revolting how-to manuals, teaching their followers how to build bombs and kill innocent people,” Kelly said. "If you're a terrorist with an internet connection, like the one on your ever-present cell phone, you can recruit new soldiers, plan your attacks and upload a video calling for jihad with just a few clicks."

Law enforcement agencies have investigated 36 cases of homegrown terrorism over the last 12 months, illustrating what Kelly called an "unprecedented spike" in a type of violence that is "notoriously difficult to predict and control."

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