In remarks prepared for the US Senate Intelligence Committee, CIA Director John Brennan confirmed previous information disclosed by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper as for ISIS’ potential shift from building a State across Iraq and Syria to a more global guerilla-like tactic against the West, especially Europe. French intelligence officials warned weeks ago that dormant terrorist cells could be activated inside Europe.
The latest murderous attack during which 26-year-old Larossi Abballa killed two police officers at their home in Magnanville on June 13, 2016 was a clear reminder of that dark reality. However in addition to individual actions like the ones in Magnanville and Orlando, many feared that better trained and more capable groups of extremist militants, like the one that killed 130 people in Paris on November 13, 2015, could be planning a new wave of attacks.
“ISIS has a large cadre of Western fighters who could potentially serve as operatives for attacks in the West,” Brennan said. Various sources underlined three major concerns: first that ISIS offensive prompts attacks by competitor Al Qaeda, second that they use chemical weapons, third that the number of attacks carried out simultaneously may potentially overwhelm law enforcement’s response at least temporarily, therefore leading to an exceptionally high number of casualties.