Nov. 16, 2015
After Paris Attacks: ISIS Has New External Operations Unit, U.S. Says – Brian Ross
ISIS has developed a specific group dedicated to launching terrorist attacks abroad, U.S. officials told ABC News. “There is a specific unit on the organization charts of ISIS for external attacks, for planning and carrying out attacks in Western Europe and in the United States,” said Richard Clarke, a former White House counter-terrorism advisor. Recently, the terror group appears to be embarking on “complicated, commanded and controlled multi-actor” external operations.
Witnesses at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris said the gunmen talked about Iraq and Syria in the midst of the carnage. At least one of the attackers is suspected of having come into Europe as a refugee from Syria or gotten ahold of a refugee’s passport. (ABC News)
- What Will Come After Paris – Editorial
The terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, along with twin bombings in Beirut the day before and the downing of a Russian jetliner over the Sinai Peninsula on Oct. 31, show a new phase in the Islamic State’s war against the West, a readiness to strike far beyond areas it controls in Iraq, Syria, and Libya. The challenge for threatened countries is huge. The Islamic State must be crushed, but that requires patience, determination and the coordination of strategies and goals that has been sorely lacking among countries involved in the war on ISIS.
France must take measures to protect its citizens, as must the U.S., Russia and all the other countries threatened by the Islamic State’s murderous dream of a new caliphate. ISIS has demonstrated that there is no limit to its reach, and no nation is really safe until they all come together to defeat this scourge. (New York Times)