IS Planning More Attacks in West, CIA Says
The director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency told Congress Thursday that Islamic State (IS) is planning more attacks in western countries to compensate for U.S.-led military accomplishments against the terrorist group.
Speaking before the Senate Intelligence Committee, John Brennan also warned IS will use more guerrilla-style maneuvers to offset their territorial losses in Iraq and Syria.
“Unfortunately, despite all our progress against [IS] on the battlefield and in the financial realm, our efforts have not reduced the group’s terrorism capability and global reach,” Brennan said.
Brennan added IS is probably planning to smuggle operatives into Western countries as refugees or through legitimate means of travel.
He noted that IS is calling on followers to conduct “lone wolf” attacks in their home countries similar to Sunday’s mass shooting in the southeastern city of Orlando, Florida.
Brennan also informed lawmakers IS is cultivating its various branches around the world into an interconnected network, noting its growing presence in Afghanistan, Egypt’s Sinai peninsula and Yemen.
As the pressure mounts on IS, Brennan predicted it will respond by intensifying its “global terror campaign to maintain its dominance of the global terrorism agenda.”
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