Secretary Pompeo: ISIS Stronger in Some Areas but Ability to Carry out Attacks Diminished

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the Islamic State group, with CBS’s “This Morning” show. Pompeo said while the group remains a threat in Syria and Iraq, it may have also gained power in some areas despite their elimination of their “caliphate.”

Pompeo said, “There are places where ISIS is more powerful today than they were three or four years ago…But the caliphate is gone in their capacity to conduct external attacks, it’s been made much more difficult.” He added “we’ve taken down significant risk. Not all of it, but a significant amount. We’re very pleased with the work that we’ve done.”

The Times of Israel noted “A report by the Pentagon’s Inspector General earlier this month said IS is transitioning ‘from a territory-holding force to an insurgency in Syria,’ and has firmed up its insurgent capabilities in Iraq.”

Just Saturday the Islamic State group took credit for a suicide bombing of a wedding that left 63 dead in Kabul. The Pentagon’s report did acknowledge The Islamic State has “established ‘resurgent cells’ in Syria and sought to expand its command and control nodes in Iraq.” Additionally, IS has become a severe threat in Afghanistan where it acts independent of the Taliban. Unfortunately, “the US drawdown or reassignment of some security forces in the region has left some room for the group to rebuild” the report said.

Continue Reading: The Times of Israel

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