US official: ISIS has ‘people in place’ to conduct ‘steady’ attacks

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Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:51 pm

WASHINGTON — The Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) terror group is under heavy global pressure from militaries and law enforcement organizations, but military and counterterrorism officials forecast no letup in the current wave of international terrorism.

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“We think that transnational terrorist attacks, in the near term, will probably remain steady. The group has been able to build a robust and redundant apparatus for conducting transnational terrorist attacks,” said a U.S. defense official.
ISIS will likely continue to employ a less-centralized approach to attacks, the official said — one driven by slick, incendiary online messages.

“They have a lot of people in place already that are sympathizers around the world. … We think they will be able to continue to be able to produce at least a constant level of propaganda, which underpins a lot of the ideology in Europe and elsewhere,” the official said.

Currently in Europe, the terror threat, which is high, is driven by ISIS, Al Qaida and other mostly Salafist groups.

Kristian Bartholin, deputy head of counterterrorism at the Council of Europe, said, “Due to the current high alert levels, it is difficult for terrorists to operate in traditional cell structures; hence, we see more ‘lone wolf’ attacks.”

As authorities work to stay ahead of the threat, a key concern is figuring out whether lone wolf plotters are legitimately working on their own, or whether ISIS has an indirect hand in their actions.

“I think what we’re going to see, going forward, is (fewer) deployed operatives — (fewer) people going from Syria back to France for example, which we have seen in the past, and more ‘enabled and inspired’” plots, the defense official said.

This is a well written article. It's refreshing to see something beyond the typical "lone wolf right wing terrorism", and "domestic terrorist (you who we mean)" from the last administration. The focus is on ISIS inspired attacks, and the breakdown of centralized/decentralized command structures. ... y-attacks/
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