US is likely to face a higher risk of ISIS motivated attacks over the next 2 years as the group loses land in the Middle East
Cambridge, Massachusetts: The US is likely to face a higher risk of ISIS motivated attacks over the next 2 years as the group loses land in the Middle East, a top authority with the Federal Bureau of Investigation stated on Wednesday.
“I’m fairly swayed that 2017 and 2018 in the native country will be more dangerous than we’ve seen before, because as we shrink ISIS, they’ll lash out,” Michael Steinbach, executive assistant director of the FBI’s national security branch, said a security conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
ISIS stated a caliphate over parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014 but has lost a major amount of territory since then to US-backed offensives, though it still controls oil wells on Syrian land.
Steinbach was quick to say that the fact that further attacks might be planned did not mean they would be successful. He noted that US security officials mess up some 70 ISIS-motivated planned attacks in 2015 only.
The US has seen a series of attacks motivated by the ISIS terrorist group, which has been aggressive a long civil war in Syria. They include the June destruction of 49 people at an Orlando nightclub and the killing of 14 people at a San Bernardino, California, social services agency last December.
Steinbach also noted that militant attacks remain infrequent in the US, saying that 19 people were killed in the US and 21 Americans killed overseas in attacks measured terrorism in 2015.
“There is no anticipation that we will stop every killing here in Boston or Chicago,” he stated. “For some reason, with terrorism, there is an anticipation, a bar that is set at zero and every single attack that goes through is measured as a failure.”