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Top Pentagon Official: ISIS-K Could Be Capable Of Attacking United States Within A Year

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ISIS-K terrorists could be able to carry out attacks against the United States within a year, a senior Defense Department official told senators during a hearing on Tuesday.

Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) explained the need to maintain vigilance in Afghanistan.

“While the United States has ended its military mission in Afghanistan, we must continue to ensure that al Qaeda, ISIS-K, and other terrorist groups cannot use Afghanistan to attack the United States and our allies,” Reed said. “We must remain vigilant about these threats and ensure that we establish an effective and robust counterterrorism architecture moving forward.”

Reed asked Pentagon undersecretary for policy Colin Kahl if he agreed with Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said that “there may be a resurgence of international terrorism emanating from the region within 12 to 36 months.”

Kahl responded, “I think the assessment depends on which group we’re talking about.”

“I think the intelligence community currently assesses that both ISIS-K and Al Qaeda have the intent to conduct external operations, including against the United States, but neither currently has the capability to do so,” Kahl explained.

“We could see ISIS-K generate that capability in somewhere between 6 or 12 months,” Kahl added. “I think the current assessments by the intelligence community is that Al Qaeda would take a year or two to reconstitute that capability, and … we have to remain vigilant against that possibility.”

However, Kahl said that he still believes that the threat to the American homeland was at its lowest level since Sept. 11, 2001 – prompting backlash from senators who believe that Kahl’s conclusion was contradictory to his warnings.

“It doesn’t sound like a low risk when you have just told us that the possibility of an attack from ISIS-K on our homeland could come six to 12 months from now,” Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) said.

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  1. BlueBoomerang

    October 27, 2021 at 11:30 am

    ISIS-K, Al Qaeda, the Taliban, an emboldened China conducting joint military exercises with a fearless Russia, Iran putting the finishing touches on their nuclear capability… add that to the other crises Biden has created: “the border”, COVID, Afghanistan, inflation, ‘defunding the police’, surging violent crime, the forced CRT/LGBT-etc. alphabet soup agenda, the demonizing of conservative white people, BLM, ANTIFA… and the list goes on… and you get Biden’s “Build Back Better” America.

  2. Chris

    October 27, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    Thank you Brandon

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Biden Admin Announces Eased Restrictions On Cuba

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On Monday, the Biden administration announced that it is easing restrictions on Cuba in order to help support the Cuban people.

“The Cuban people are confronting an unprecedented humanitarian crisis — and our policy will continue to focus on empowering the Cuban people to help them create a future free from repression and economic suffering,” the State Department said.

The Biden administration’s changes include reduced restrictions on travel, along with removing “the current limit on family remittances of $1,000 per quarter per sender-receiver pair and will authorize donative (i.e., non-family) remittances, which will support independent Cuban entrepreneurs.”

The move received backlash as many argued that reduced restrictions on Cuba will only benefit the Cuban dictatorship. According to Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the decision marks another policy failure by President Biden.

“Biden’s plan to prop up the Cuban dictatorship represents yet another failure when it comes to standing for freedom in our hemisphere,” DeSantis wrote on Twitter.

“Money from ‘tourism’ will go into the pockets of the Cuban regime – and will help fortify the government against those seeking freedom in Cuba,” he added.

The news comes a week after DeSantis announced that November 7 will now be Victims of Communism Day in Florida.

“Today, I established November 7th as Victims of Communism Day to honor those who have suffered under communism and remind people of the destruction communism has caused worldwide, including a death toll exceeding 100 million,” DeSantis wrote on Twitter. “In Florida, we will tell the truth about communism.”

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Report: Ukraine Sunk Russian Warship By Using US Intel

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Ukraine sunk the Russian warship Moskva last month using United States intelligence, according to a new report from NBC News.

“A guided missile cruiser carrying a crew of 510, the Moskva was the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet,” NBC News reported. “It sank on April 14 after being struck by two Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship missiles, U.S. officials said. Moscow said the vessel sank after a fire. The Moskva was the largest Russian warship sunk in combat since World War II. American officials said there were significant Russian casualties, but they don’t know how many.”

“The attack happened after Ukrainian forces asked the Americans about a ship sailing in the Black Sea south of Odesa, U.S. officials told NBC News,” the outlet added. “The U.S. identified it as the Moskva, officials said, and helped confirm its location, after which the Ukrainians targeted the ship.”

The news comes the day after a report from The New York Times revealed that the United States has provided Ukraine with intelligence on Russian military units that has enabled the country to kill multiple Russian generals.

“The targeting help is part of a classified effort by the Biden administration to provide real-time battlefield intelligence to Ukraine,” The New York Times reported. “That intelligence also includes anticipated Russian troop movements gleaned from recent American assessments of Moscow’s secret battle plan for the fighting in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, the officials said. Officials declined to specify how many generals had been killed as a result of U.S. assistance.”

“The United States has focused on providing the location and other details about the Russian military’s mobile headquarters, which relocate frequently,” the outlet added. “Ukrainian officials have combined that geographic information with their own intelligence — including intercepted communications that alert the Ukrainian military to the presence of senior Russian officers — to conduct artillery strikes and other attacks that have killed Russian officers.”

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