865
US Airstrikes Boost IS,  More Hostages Possible
International

US Airstrikes Boost IS, More Hostages Possible

Support for Islamic State increased after US airstrikes began in Iraq and the militant group may take more hostages to try to force concessions from Washington, the FBI director told Congress on Wednesday.
Islamic State is “committed to instilling fear and attracting recruits” and to drawing public attention, as shown through its use of social media and in videos it released of the beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, said FBI Director James Comey.
“ISIL’s widespread use of social media and growing online support intensified following the commencement of US airstrikes in Iraq,” Comey, using an acronym for the group, said in prepared testimony for a congressional hearing on threats to the US homeland.
Islamic State and other outfits “may continue to try to capture American hostages in an attempt to force the US government and people into making concessions that would only strengthen ISIL and further its terrorist operations,” Reuters quoted Comey as saying.
Islamic State draws an estimated $1 million per day from black market oil sales, smuggling, robberies, and ransom payments for hostages, according to Matt Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center.
The United States and United Kingdom, unlike some European nations, do not pay ransom for the release of hostages.
The group’s ability to attack the US homeland relies in part on its widespread and sophisticated use of social media to radicalize Americans, the national security officials told the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee.
The group used these tools as it drew recruits from more than 15,000 foreign fighters inSyria, who may return to their countries “battle-hardened, radicalized and determined to attack us,” Olsen, the top U.S. counterterrorism official, said in prepared testimony.

Short URL : http://goo.gl/2yVbKB

You can also read ...

The collapsed Morandi Bridge is seen in the Italian port city of Genoa, Italy, on August 15.
Rescue workers combed through the rubble of Italy’s bridge...
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) met South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a historic border summit in April.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday his visit...
Bolton to Meet Russian  Counterpart in Switzerland
US National security adviser John Bolton will travel to Geneva...
Saudi-UAE Air Raids Target Yemen’s Hodaida
Saudi-UAE coalition airstrikes on Yemen’s Hodaida province...
Ghazni Residents Emerge After Taliban Pushed From City
Afghan forces appeared to have finally pushed Taliban fighters...
Pennsylvania Priests Abused Over 1,000 Children
Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested...
Westminster Crash Terror Suspect Named
The man being held on suspicion of terrorism after the...

Trending

Googleplus