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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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China Ready to Meet With Biden Amid Growing Tensions

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As tensions are on the rise between the United States and China, President Biden could have a virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping as soon as next week to discuss cooperation, though a date has not been scheduled, according to Fox News

As reported by CNBC, “’ Right now, China-U.S. relations are at a critical historical juncture. Both countries will gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation. Cooperation is the only right choice,’ Xi wrote in a letter read aloud by Chinese ambassador Qin Gang at the New York-based National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ annual gala.’ Xi continued, ‘Following the principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation, China stands ready to work with the United States to enhance exchanges and cooperation across the board.’”

President Biden spoke with Xi in September as part of his effort to “manage the competition” between the U.S. and China. Biden emphasized the United States’ “enduring interest in peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and the world and the two leaders discussed the responsibility of both nations to ensure competition does not veer into conflict,” according to a White House report of the conversation. 

This report comes as the relationship between the United States and China remains strained due to tensions with trade, coronavirus, allegations of genocide, and military build-up.

On Monday, CBS News reported images of U.S. ships being used for target practice by the People’s Liberation Army. “Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a daily briefing Monday that he had no information about the images, saying ‘I’m not aware of the situation you mentioned.’” 

This month, the Pentagon reported that China has been rapidly increasing its nuclear capabilities that appear “designed to enable Beijing to match or surpass U.S. global power by midcentury.” According to U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, “We are witnessing one of the largest shifts in global geostrategic power that the world has witnessed.”  

Additionally, China has been reportedly expanding its military flights near Taiwan, “a self-governing island republic claimed by Beijing and which it threatens to annex by force.” Taiwan receives weapons from the U.S. to defend itself against threats. While the U.S. Navy’s presence in the South China Sea remains dominant, China has been increasing the number of vessels in its navy and coast guard in the region. 

Since President Biden’s last meeting with President Xi Jinping, many more pressing issues have been placed on the table that are of serious concern regarding U.S.-China relations.

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Harris Becomes the Court Jester in Paris

The VP was mocked for appearing to use French accent during Paris visit

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Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris took to speaking in a fake French accent while in the company of the French at the Pasteur Institute in Paris on Tuesday. Discussing “ze plan,” Harris received an awkward chuckle from her audience. Maybe Harris thought she was being relatable, or funny, but is donning a phony accent to the people who speak it really appropriate? The Spectator writes, “The vice president of the United States should surely be held to a higher standard.” 

According to The Spectator, “the French were already mystified as to what Harris is doing in Paris. The Washington Examiner’s intrepid Katherine Doyle, who spoke to a taxi driver and a restaurant worker for her story on the reaction to the visit, reports that Paris is perplexed.” Possibly even more so now with her attempt to mock their accent. One must wonder if the “woke” crowd will hold her accountable for what many consider to be cultural appropriation. 

Harris is visiting Paris during a time when relations have reached “a historic low” after France’s plans to sell submarines to the Australian navy were ruined by a submarine deal between the United States and Britain, according to U.S. News. “President Joe Biden told French President Emmanuel Macron the U.S. had been ‘clumsy’ in its handling of the issue,” a word that seems frequently used in the last year regarding the actions of the Biden administration. 

Harris will deliver a speech on Thursday at the annual Paris Peace Forum and take part in the Paris Conference on Libya on Friday. Hopefully, she does not attempt to imitate anyone else’s accent and manage to embarrass the United States even more. 

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