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Boston man aiding IS terrorist media campaign, FBI suspects

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Islamic State terrorists have used social media to recruit new fighters from nations in the West, including the Untied States.  (Source: CNN) Islamic State terrorists have used social media to recruit new fighters from nations in the West, including the Untied States. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - The FBI has a Boston man on its most wanted terrorist list.

That's according to a law enforcement source.

That source says Ahmad Abousamra is suspected of helping the Islamic State (IS) with its American social media campaign.

Intelligence sources say it makes sense that ISIS would want to recruit a guy like American Ahmad Abousamra.

He grew up near Boston. Holds both a Syrian and U.S. passport. And graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a degree in the field of computer technology.

Believed to be in his early 30s, Abousamra is fluent in both English and Arabic. The FBI released this audio recording they say is Abousamra.

It's unclear who he's speaking to.

“They don't have a warrant, they don't have a right to do that. Make sure you tell your mother that next time because they might scare her,” a man says on the audio.

Although authorities will not confirm Abousamra's role in the Islamic State, if any, a law enforcement official tells CNN that they're looking into whether he might be involved in the murder-group's media wing, specifically its English social-media, including Facebook, an on-line magazine and Twitter, which recently suspended the group's account.

Abousamra's friend, American Tarek Mehanna, was accused by the U.S. of heading the media wing of al-Qaida in Iraq, which morphed into IS. He is currently serving 17 years in the U.S. for providing material support to terrorists.

Both men were indicted together in 2009, accused of attending terror training camps in Yemen for the purpose of traveling to Iraq to kill U.S. troops. Abousamra was last seen in Syria with a woman and child believed to be his wife and daughter.

Ironically, two years ago the FBI tried using social media, specifically Facebook and Twitter, to find Abousamra.

“Obviously we take very seriously the threat of American citizens who've joined terrorist organizations. We take additional care when thinking about options for taking them off the battlefield. Your citizenship can not serve as a shield if you take up arms against the United States,” said Marie Harf, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman.

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