Intel Report Sends Grave Warning To American Families
It's no secret that the destabilization of Afghanistan has created a potential hotbed for terrorists looking to attack America. Most experts have weighed in saying that an attack is unavoidable and a matter of 'when', not 'if' but a new report by US Intelligence tells us that that time may come sooner than any of us thought.
"The Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan is poised to develop the capability to launch attacks against the U.S. in as soon as six months, U.S. intelligence agencies believe.
One of the Pentagon's top civilian officials revealed that assessment at a Senate hearing Tuesday morning, seemingly surprising some members on the dais at a time of widespread scrutiny into whether the Biden administration made the right decision to withdraw fully from its longest war zone.
"It's precisely that threat that we need to remain vigilant, and disrupt," Colin Kahl, the undersecretary of defense for policy, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday morning – the latest hearing into the calamitous U.S. pullout from Afghanistan. "We actually are fairly certain they have the intention to do so."
Kahl said the terrorist network, known as ISIS-K, ISKP, or IS-Khorasan, among others, "could potentially" develop the capability to launch external attacks within six-12 months. Likewise, al-Qaida, which maintains safe havens in Afghanistan now under the control of its allies the Taliban, "could potentially" have that capability in one-two years, Kahl added, citing U.S. intelligence assessments."
"Police in Northern Virginia are on a heightened state of alert as a new law enforcement alert warned of a potential threat against malls and shopping centers located just outside of Washington, D.C. The threat originated with ISIS and is the basis for the alert, sources told CBS News
"We have increased our police presence throughout the county to include major thoroughfares, transit hubs, shopping plazas, and shopping malls," Fairfax County police chief Kevin Davis said Friday.
"A federal intelligence chief said this week that the terror group is pushing lone wolves to attack targets without support, the article stated.
“Right now we’re seeing a dramatic increase — or an increase — in online activity by media operations associated with different al Qaeda elements and Islamic State,” said John Cohen, Department of Homeland Security intelligence chief, according to the network."
The good news is that Intelligence agencies across the board are aware of the threat and monitoring activity on a global scale.