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ISIS wants to send operatives to U.S.

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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016, file photo, CIA Director John Brennan speaks at a House Intelligence Committee hearing on world wide threats on Capitol Hill in Washington. Brennan will tell Congress on June 16, that Islamic State militants are training and attempting to deploy operatives for further attacks on the West and will rely more on guerrilla-style tactics to compensate for its territorial losses. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
CIA Director John Brennan speaks at a House Intelligence Committee hearing on world wide threats on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

 

CIA Director John Brennan will tell Congress on Thursday that Islamic State militants are training and attempting to deploy operatives for further attacks on the West and will rely more on guerrilla-style tactics to compensate for their territorial losses.

In remarks prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee, Brennan says IS has been working to build an apparatus to direct and inspire attacks against its foreign enemies, as in the recent attacks in Paris and Brussels — ones the CIA believes were directed by IS leaders.

“ISIL has a large cadre of Western fighters who could potentially serve as operatives for attacks in the West,” Brennan said, using another acronym for the group. He said IS probably is working to smuggle them into countries, perhaps among refugee flows or through legitimate means of travel.

Brennan also noted the group’s call for followers to conduct so-called lone-wolf attacks in their home countries. He called the attack in Orlando a “heinous act of wanton violence” and an “assault on the values of openness and tolerance” that define the United States as a nation.

He said IS is gradually cultivating its various branches into an interconnected network. The branch in Libya is likely the most advanced and most dangerous, but IS is trying to increase its influence in Africa, Brennan said. The IS branch in the Sinai has become the “most active and capable terrorist group in Egypt,” attacking the Egyptian military and government targets in addition to foreigners and tourists, such as the downing of a Russian passenger jet last October.

Other branches have struggled to gain traction, Brennan said. “The Yemen branch, for instance, has been riven with factionalism. And the Afghanistan-Pakistan branch has struggled to maintain its cohesion, in part because of competition with the Taliban.”

He called IS a “formidable adversary,” but said the U.S.-led coalition has made progress combating the group, which has had to surrender large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria and has lost some of its leaders in airstrikes. IS has struggled to replenish its ranks of fighters, Brennan said, because fewer of them are traveling to Syria and others have defected.

“The group appears to be a long way from realizing the vision that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi laid out when he declared the caliphate two years ago in Mosul,” Iraq, Brennan said.

He said the group’s ability to raise money has also been curtailed, although the group still continues to generate at least tens of millions of dollars in revenue each month, mostly from taxation and from sales of crude oil.

“Unfortunately, despite all our progress against ISIL on the battlefield and in the financial realm, our efforts have not reduced the group’s terrorism capability and global reach,” he said.

“In fact, as the pressure mounts on ISIL, we judge that it will intensify its global terror campaign to maintain its dominance of the global terrorism agenda.”

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3 thoughts on “ISIS wants to send operatives to U.S.”

  1. During WW2 the Arabs / Muslims for the most part backed the Nazis. After the War many then backed the Soviets. The region has been unstable since WW1 and the fall of the Ottomans. Now the instability is spreading fueled ( no pun intended) by the OIL wealth of the Saudis and Gulf Arab States and the oil wealth of Iran and Iraq. In a few more decades many of these areas might be literally uninhabitable because of the burning of these same resources. Temps. in Iraq reached into the mid 130’s last summer. It’s only going to get worse going forward.

    • Largely, I would say, because the Nazis (and the Soviets) were against Britain, who had been not-so-pleasantly governing the whole area for many years before WWI as overseas colonies. When Britain (and its allies) won WWII, they promptly dumped Israel upon them, which may have been great for the Israelites and the Zionists and their pals but was not so nice to the Arabians who had been living there under their own government (if colonial) for a thousand years.

      Point being, really, that “western” powers have been mucking about in that area, mostly for corporate profit (see the “Anglo-Iranian Oil Company”), for quite a long time, and have yet to learn that it can and does, and eventually will, backfire.

      Not that the perpetuators care – by then they’ll have made their fortunes and be long out of office, retired, and/or in the Cayman Islands, along with their descendants and fortunes.

      J.

  2. “Brennan says IS has been working to build an apparatus to direct and inspire attacks against its foreign enemies”

    Which is, of course, exactly what the CIA does. Pity we can’t curtail their finances too.

    J.

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