This article originally appeared in The Daily Mail:
United States Secret Service is investigating a photograph blasted out on Twitter which seems to show someone holding up a smartphone, displaying a picture of the ISIS flag, in front of the White House.
The photo appears to have been taken at night on the pedestrian mall occupying what used to be part of Pennsylvania Avenue. The White House’s north portico can be seen in the background.
It was first tweeted on August 9 by an account that was later deleted.
‘[W]e are here #America near our #target :) sooooooooooooon,’ read the message that accompanied it.
Later that day another pro-ISIS Twitter user whose account is named ‘Conquer the tyrants’ reposted the photo with a separate warning.
‘We are in your state,’ it read. ”We are in your cities. We are in your streets. You are our goals anywhere [sic].’
Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told ABC News that his agency has ‘an intelligence division whose mission is to assess information that we receive every day for dangerousness or potential threat level.’
‘We are aware of the image and will take the necessary and appropriate follow up steps,’ he said.
The taunting message follows a separate photo first seen online on June 30, which appeared to show a hand-written note, in Arabic, dated June 20 and held up in front of the Old Republic Building in Chicago.
‘Soldiers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria will pass from here soon,’ the note reads, according to an ABC News translation.
A verse from the Quran follows, reading, ‘… and Allah is perfecting His light even though the disbelievers hate [that].’