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ISIS May Also Influence Other Radical Groups To Attack US, Says Intelligence Bulletin

ISIS fighters in Iraq. Source: Extracted from an ISIS video message, “Strike (Their) Necks Wilayat al-Iraq (May 2020)

ISIS is a real threat to the US, but it is not the only one. According to an ABC report, a recent US intelligence bulletin has expressed concern that radical groups in the US can respond to ISIS’ call to target the US. The intelligence bulletin warns ISIS operatives worldwide, and so-called “lone wolves”, might respond to recent statements from the terrorist group. But  other radical groups may also be encouraged to conduct attacks on public venues in the US, especially after seeing the success of the ISIS attack in Moscow

Last week, former US Centcom chief Frank McKenzie stated that future attacks by ISIS on the US are inevitable and that Washington should be prepared. “We should believe them when they say they’re going to try to do it,” General Frank McKenzie said in an interview to ABC.

Gen McKenzie was reacting to the message that ISIS had issued recently. Last week, the Islamic State (ISIS) has made a fresh call to its followers to kill Christians and Jews across America and Europe. A report in the Mirror stated that Hudhayfah al-Ansari, the new ISIS spokesperson, made an over 40-minute-long address on social media celebrating the deadly terror attack that killed 140 people in Moscow. He called upon “lone wolves” to carry out attacks against American forces in Iraq.

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The message coincided with the 10-year anniversary of the terror group’s declaration of a caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

Terror experts say ISIS has been energised by its attacks in Iran and Russia.

General McKenzie singled out the ISIS (Khorasan) ISIS-K and said that they had become bolder ever since US troops had withdrawn from Afghanistan. “It began to grow as soon as we left Afghanistan, it took pressure off ISIS-K,” McKenzie said, referring to the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from the country in 2021. “So I think we should expect further attempts of this nature against the United States as well as our partners and other nations abroad. I think this is inevitable.”