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Arab Times - - LOCAL -

The global threat posed by the Is­lamic State group has not been di­min­ished by its bat­tle­field de­feats in Iraq and Syria, US coun­tert­er­ror­ism chief Nick Ras­mussen warned Wed­nes­day.

Ras­mussen told the Se­nate Home­land Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee that he ex­pects the Is­lamic State group, af­ter los­ing its phys­i­cal ter­ri­tory, to be­come a covert oper­a­tion that will still con­duct and in­spire at­tacks around the world.

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