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CIA Warns ISIS Is Coming And Growing Stronger



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  • CIA Director John Brennan, warns that although the U.S. has striked at ISIS forces it hasn't seemed to cause much of a dent.
  • He says that ISIS will intensify their terror attacks around the world.
  • The CIA also believes that ISIS is exploring the best tactics for infiltrating the West (U.S.).
  • They believe that ISIS is continuously trying to inspire attacks like the one in Orlando.

CIA Director John Brennan, in a chilling warning on the Islamic State’s growing influence, told lawmakers Thursday that U.S.-led efforts to strike at the terror group have not hampered its “terrorism capability and global reach” – a message that stands in stark contrast to President Obama’s more upbeat assessment earlier this week.

Brennan, testifying in a rare open hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, said ISIS likely will “intensify” terror attacks around the world even as its core fighters come under pressure in Iraq and Syria, including by deploying operatives for further attacks on the West.

“The group is probably exploring a variety of means for infiltrating operatives into the West, including in refugee flows, smuggling routes, and legitimate methods of travel,” Brennan said.

The testimony offered unnerving context to Obama's comments on Tuesday. The president said the anti-ISIS campaign “is firing on all cylinders” and the group “is under more pressure than ever before,” while conceding they’re gaining traction elsewhere.

Brennen echoed the president in detailing the group’s territorial losses in Iraq and Syria. He said they’re struggling to replenish fighters and getting squeezed financially.

However, he said ISIS is “resilient” and likely will adapt, and warned coalition gains in Iraq and Syria are not blunting its capacity to carry out deadly operations abroad.

“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,” Brennan testified. “The group's foreign branches and global networks can help preserve its capacity for terrorism regardless of events in Iraq and Syria. 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.”

Further, he said the terror massacre in Orlando last weekend – the worst U.S. homeland attack since 9/11 – shows ISIS is still working to inspire attacks by sympathizers who have no direct links to the group.

He said ISIS is gradually cultivating its various branches into an interconnected network. The branch in Libya is likely the most advanced and most dangerous, he said, warning Libya could become another base to carry out attacks in Europe and other locations. He said ISIS is trying to increase its influence elsewhere in Africa as well.

Brennan also estimated the total ISIS force size in Iraq and Syria has slightly reduced since early 2016 — but the affiliates have thousands of adherents. He estimated between 5,000 and 8,000 ISIS supporters are in Libya, about 7,000 are in Nigeria, and hundreds more are in Yemen and Afghanistan.

Still, he 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. ISIS has struggled to replenish its ranks of fighters, Brennan said, because fewer of them are traveling to Syria and others have defected.

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.

Like Obama, he said the group is on defense.

Source: Fox News

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  • Dolores foster says:

    Because our government is turning a deaf ear to everything going on including allowing illegals in this country without proper vetting.

  • Virginia Rebyak says:

    I have followed the rise of modern day terrorism since the ’72 attacks in Munich. Their hatred for Christians and Jews and desire for a Muslim run world was obvious then and with the rise and sophistication of modern technology and weaponry have and a weak USA foreign policy under Obama have emboldened them to step up attacks worldwide and here. Afterall we are the “great Satan” and Israel “little Satan” and the goal is to kill us or force us to submit to Sharia Law. Unless the USA leads the global right against radical Islamist terrorism the nightmare attacks, beheadings, etc. will continue even here!

  • Ron Day says:

    They are a bunch of scumbags that are stupid , moronic in their thinking, and have nothing to lose, and they will get a bunch more idiots (and there is a lot of them) to follow.

  • PTTA says:

    Obama is doing nothing to prevent this except trying to take away our weapons that will protect us. Obama does not think like a American. I wonder why?

  • Edward says:

    Obama main and only reason, just look how he destroys , America making his own law’s avoiding the constitution and agrees with Muslims, being 1 himself, ,, and Hillary should be in jail same tactics. Course you all know this but doing Nothing. …

  • Tamara says:

    how much information do you need these people are killing innocent people in our country isn’t that enough get off your asses and do something that’s what we put you in office for to protect the American citizens

  • Donl says:

    Because Obie said they were “contained” and losing the fight. Believe just the opposite of what Obie and Hilly say and you’ll be right.

  • Donl says:

    IF you cannot figure out who’s at fault for everything that’s been going on in the last 7 + year’s ,then you should NOT be able to vote. Stay home and let the big dogs hunt.

  • Steve Palka says:

    Ever since the president pulled all the U.S. forces out of Iraq, the opposition has been
    re-building their forces world wide. The results are evident.

  • Robert barton says:

    Is Brennen ecstatic or what.The word on the street is that brennen is a muslim convert.This whole administration is full of muslims and Muslim sympathizers.There won’t be a damn thing done to solve the problem.

  • Daren D. Theige says:

    I could not care less what the CIA thinks. I don’t need to CIA OR the US Military to protect me. I can take perfect care of MYSELF!!!!

  • JoAnn says:

    there are more attacks and murders occurring in the world and in the US. Americans must wake up to teh fact that we cannot elect hilary clinton as she takes multi millions of dollars from nations ruled by sharia law. she is a hypocrite, she is not for women/s or gay rights as these sharia nations hate women and gay people and torture and kill for no real elect clnton is a sure path to sharia law and the end of our America and Constitutional country. then we are doomed.

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