The Asian Age

ISIS may hit US, Europe: 2 US se­na­tors

- — AP, AFP

Wash­ing­ton/ Syd­ney/ Dubai, Sept. 1: Ci­ties in the United States and Western Europe are be­ing eyed as the Is­lamists’ fu­ture tar­gets and Pres­i­dent Barack Obama needs to take ac­tion, two US legislator­s are warn­ing.

With­out of­fer­ing specifics on any threats or sug­ges­tions on how to con­front them, the lead­ers of the Se­nate and House in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tees on Sun­day prod­ded the White House to work to pre­vent the Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant ( ISIS), now known as the Is­lamic State, from launch­ing at­tacks on US soil. The bi­par­ti­san pair of legislator­s shared a dire warn­ing against the ISIS.

“This is a group of peo­ple who are ex­traor­di­nar­ily dan­ger­ous,” said Se­na­tor Dianne Fe­in­stein, the Cal­i­for­nia Demo­crat who leads the Se­nate in­tel­li­gence panel. “And they’ll kill with aban­don.”

Mean­while, ad­vances by the ISIS have made Gulf monar­chies set aside dis­putes over Qatar’s support for the Mus­lim Brother­hood, an­a­lysts say. Wary of spec­tac­u­lar gains made by the ISIS, the oil­rich monar­chies fear the mil­i­tants could ad­vance to­wards their own bor­ders, where the ex­treme ide­olo­gies could find support.

Prime Min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott de­fended mil­i­tary Aus­tralia’s in­volve­ment in bat­tling the ISIS, call­ing the ji­hadist group a “death cult” in­volved in eth­nic cleans­ing. Aus­tralia on Sun­day agreed to help the United States in an in­ter­na­tional ef­fort to trans­port weapons to Kur­dish forces fight­ing the ISIS in north­ern Iraq, as well as hu­man­i­tar­ian air drops to the be­sieged town of Amerli. But news­pa­pers re­ports sug­gest that peo­ple are de­mand­ing Mr Ab­bott’s strat­egy.

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