The Asian Age
ISIS may hit US, Europe: 2 US senators
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.