USA Today: CIA: Islamic State's global terror capabilities are 'formidable'
The Islamic State's ability to launch terror strikes remains a "formidable" threat despite military successes against the militant group in Iraq and Syria, CIA Director John Brennan said Thursday.
As the extremist group has lost territory in Iraq and Syria it has redoubled its efforts to encourage so-called lone wolf attacks or infiltrate operatives to strike targets outside the region, he said.
“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 told the Senate Intelligence Committee, using an acronym for the Islamic State. “The resources needed for terrorism are very modest, and the group would have to suffer even heavier losses of territory, manpower and money for its terrorist capacity to decline significantly,” he said.
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