In direct contradiction of the positive messages coming from President Obama and Hillary Clinton about the state of the fight against ISIS, the CIA Director John Brennan painted a very different picture, he told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday that the group remained “a formidable, resilient, and largely cohesive enemy.”
“ISIL has a large cadre of Western fighters who could potentially serve as operatives for attacks in the West,” Brennan said
“The group appears to be a long way from realizing the vision that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, its leader, laid out when he declared the caliphate two years ago in Mosul,” Iraq, Brennan said.
“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.”
“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 said in his opening statement. “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.”
The CIA believes the group will “intensify its global terror campaign to maintain its dominance of the global terrorism agenda,” Brennan added.