ISIS is gaining affiliates among extremist groups around the world. They are signing up, these groups are signing up for what ISIS desires as its objective – a global caliphate. In the mind of ISIS, its global caliphate would extend to the United States of America itself. ISIS has gained affiliates faster than al Qaeda ever did. From nothing a year ago, there are now militant groups in nearly 20 countries that have sworn allegiance to ISIS.
That runs counter to what President Obama said about ISIS in November.
Well, I don’t think they’re gaining strength. What is true, is that, from the start, our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq. And in Syria it, they’ll come in, they’ll leave but you don’t see this systematic march by ISIL across the terrain.
But that’s exactly what the former CIA Director says they are capable of.
And they carry the potential to themselves grab large amounts of territory. Libya is a place where this could happen in the near term. ISIS controls territory in Libya, they are currently expanding that territory and foreign fighters are beginning to go to Libya to fight with the ISIS group there. I would not be surprised if we woke up one morning and ISIS in Libya had grabbed a large part of Libyan territory – a blitzkrieg, the same kind of blitzkrieg on a smaller scale that we saw in Iraq.
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