Skip to comments.FLASHBACK--ISIS Leader to USA: ‘Soon We Will be in Direct Confrontation’
Posted on 11/15/2015 7:49:31 AM PST by Candor7
(CNSNews.com) - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), issued a rare audio message back on January 21 in which he flatly stated his groupâs intention to march on Baghdad and move into âdirect confrontationâ with the United States.
âOur last message is to the Americans. Soon we will be in direct confrontation, and the sons of Islam have prepared for such a day,â Baghdadi said. âSo watch, for we are with you, watching.â
When the House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing on February 5 on al Qaidaâs resurgence in Iraq, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran and Iraq Brett McGurk presented written testimony explaining the agenda of ISIS (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL), and discussed Baghdadiâs audio message to Americans.
ISIL, McGurk said, focuses on âan aim to carve out an Islamic caliphate stretching from Baghdad to Lebanon.â
âISIL has also made its intentions clear: move from a new base of operations in Fallujah to Baghdad--a distance of under 30 miles,â McGurk said in his written testimony. âIts leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had this to say in a rare audio statement issued on January 21: âAs for ISIS in Iraq: Be in the frontlines against the Shia, and march toward Baghdad and the South, keep the Shia busy in their own areas. Know that the entire Sunni population and the brothers in Syria are watching you.ââ
McGurk then noted that Baghdadi went on to conclude his audio statement by issuing a direct threat to the United States. Specifically, Baghdadi said: âOur last message is to the Americans. Soon we will be in direct confrontation, and the sons of Islam have prepared for such a day. So watch, for we are with you, watching.â
âWe take such threats seriously and through cooperation with this committee and the Congress, we intend to help the Iraqis in their efforts to defeat ISIL over long term,â McGurk told the committee in his spoken testimony.
The day before McGurk appeared in the Foreign Affairs Committee, CIA Director John Brennan testified at the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligenceâs annual hearing on âWorldwide Threats.â Discussing Jabhat al Nusra, which is the al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, and ISIL, Brennan warned that al Qaeda may develop the capability to âuse Syria as a launching padâ for attacks on the West, and that al Qaeda already had training camps both in Syria and Iraq where it was developing capabilities that could threaten the West.
âThere are three groups of people [operating in Eastern Syria] that are a concern, from an extremist standpoint; Ahrar Asham, Jabhat al-Nusra, which is the Al Qaida element within Syria, and the Islamic state of Iraq and Levant,â said Brennan. âIt's those latter two I think are most dedicated to a terrorist agenda.
âWe are concerned about the use of Syrian territory by the Al Qaida organization to recruit individuals and develop the capability to be able not just to carry out attacks inside of Syria, but also to use Syria as a launching pad,â he said.
âSo it's those elements--Al Qaida and ISIL--that I'm concerned about, and especially the ability of these groups to attract individuals from other countries, both from the West, as well as throughout the Middle East and South Asia, and with some experienced operatives there who have had experience in carrying out a global Jihad,â Brennan continued.
âThere are camps inside of both Iraq and Syria that are used by Al Qaida to develop capabilities that are applicable, both in the theater, as well as beyond,â the CIA director testified.
House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers asked Brennan: âDo you believe that that ungoverned space presents a real threat to the United States of America, via al Qaida operations, or the West?
âI do,â said Brennan.
On Feb. 2, al Qaeda had issued a statement online disassociating itself from ISIL, which had tried to take over al Nusra Front, which al Qaeda had designated as its official affiliate in Syria. In his Feb. 5 testimony, McGurk discussed this break between al Qaeda and ISIL.
"ISIL and al Nusra were both kind of came out of Al Qaida in Iraq," said McGurk. "ISIL, basically, is al Qaida in Iraq. It's leader was the al Qaida and Iraq leader since 2010. Nusra was a bit of an offshoot and is focused more on Syria. As you said, there's now this message, which seems from [al Qaida leader] Zawahiri, saying that ISIL is no longer affiliated with Al Qaida central."
Obama cannot be trusted, and now the enemy is at the gates of America.Someone needs to put Obama on a leash and beat the crap out of him so he will defend America and genuinely FIGHT ISIS.
IMPEACH OBAMA TODAY!
Good. Soon we will have a President who is not a closet ally of radical Islam.
Hiding from us is the only chance ISIS has to survive. Come out in the open and they die.
The GOPe talking heads want to claim that the Paris attacks will hurt Trump. Voters will now, supposedly, turn to an âexperienced, seriousâ politician
Actually Trump is probably going to benefit since voters see him as the Ã¢â¬ÅtoughestÃ¢â¬Â candidate. He is saying what most voters are thinking. Ã¢â¬Åwhy are we dancing around here, just finish these people off now.Ã¢â¬Â
ISIS is another example of the corrupt, incompetent nature of the DC Political/Media/Business machine. DC cannot even get it act together to exterminate terror group that carved a minor state-let in the ME.
Most obvious examples of things we should be doing.
How is ISIS still funding its activities? Pretty tough to keep a terrorist army together when you cannot buy guns, bullets and food for your soldiers. Why is any activity allowed between the terrorist areas and the rest of the world?
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