Earlier this week, President Barack Obama addressed the nation and boasted about how we’re making significant progress against ISIS and claimed that they are ‘under more pressure than ever before’. CIA Director John Brennan, however, disagreed with Obama’s assessment of the terrorist group’s abilities and influence.
Brennan stated at a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday that in spite of the achievements the U.S. and its allies have made against the terror group, its “terrorism capability and global reach” have been unaffected.
“We judge that ISIL is training and attempting to deploy operatives for further attacks. ISIL has a large cadre of western fighters who could potentially serve as operatives for attacks in 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 added.
“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. “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.”
He also pointed out that the number of terrorist in ISIS is currently more than al Qaeda’s at its peak.