Washington Times on August 20, 2014 reported that The Islamic State, which controls large portions of Iraq and Syria, seems certain they will kill as many Americans as possible…Excerpts below.
The vicious Islamic State group now is vowing to broaden its war campaign to include killing Americans wherever and whenever it can.
The horrific videotaped beheading of American photojournalist James Foley on August 19 was packaged with a new Islamic State posting on social media threatening the United States: “We will drown all of you in blood.”
A visibly angered President Obama gave a stern reply Wednesday afternoon, saying in a televised address that the U.S. and its allies will work together to “extract this cancer” that is the Islamic State.
Just hours after Mr. Obama spoke, the White House revealed that the president had authorized a secret military mission this summer to a site in Syria in a bid to free Mr. Foley and other Americans held by the terrorist group, but the hostages were not there.
The White House did not reveal exactly when or where in Syria the mission took place. Citing administration sources, The Associated Press reported that a “number of militants” were killed in the operation and one American sustained a minor injury.
In the video, the terrorist group said it was beheading James Foley in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes against its positions in northern Iraq.
The White House said earlier this month that the Islamic State is not a threat to Americans — a position deemed “utter hogwash” by Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, which monitors Islamic extremism.
“The White House says that the U.S. is not at war with the Islamic State,” Mr. Spencer said. “But the Islamic State certainly is at war with the U.S.”
The U.S. government believes some Americans have joined the Islamic State and, programmed to conduct suicide bombings, will pose risks upon their return.
Britain says hundreds of its nationals have joined the militants and have committed some of its most brutal killings. British authorities said on August 20 that they suspect the black-clad executioner in Tuesday’s beheading video is a Briton.
Prime Minister David Cameron said the man had not been identified, but “from what we have seen it looks increasingly likely that is a British citizen.”
Germany and France say about 1,300 of their nationals have joined jihadist groups, including the Islamic State, The Associated Press reported.
In the U.S., the Islamic State flag has appeared sporadically as the terrorist group’s propaganda arm tries to recruit young killers.
“They have said they are going to go after Americans,” Mr. Spencer said. “They have said American civilians are all legitimate targets. It seems to be absolutely certain they will be trying to kill as many Americans as possible in the United States as well as elsewhere.”
Retired Army Gen. John M. Keane, who is pressing the White House to adopt a broad campaign against the Islamic State, agrees that the terrorist organization of more than 10,000 fighters represents wider threat.
The Islamic State has perfected the car bomb as a weapon. After U.S. troops left Iraq in 2011, it unleashed waves of suicide and remotely detonated car bombs throughout Baghdad and other cities.
A Canadian member of the Islamic State was quoted as saying he is training others on how to build such deadly weapons — a hint that such vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices may show up in his home country.
Retired Army Lt. Gen. William Boykin, formerly the Pentagon’s No. 2 intelligence official, said the Islamic State’s game plan is to threaten the U.S. repeatedly to raise its stature among young potential jihadists.
He said the terrorist group also believes it can intimidate Mr. Obama into halting the roughly 75 airstrikes that have helped Iraqi Kurds protect their capital of Irbil and retake the Mosul Dam.
The Obama administration has sent mixed messages on the threat posed by the Islamic State, which previously called itself the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
In January, Mr. Obama seemed to brush off any dangers, comparing it in an interview with The New Yorker to a “JV team” compared with al Qaeda.
… two weeks ago, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said no, the Islamic State is not a threat to Americans.
“Right now, their focus is not on attacking the U.S. homeland or attacking our interests here in the United States or abroad,” Mr. Blinken told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
On August 20, a senior Pentagon official said the State Department is seeking a small boost in troop numbers in Iraq, similar to the incremental increases the Obama administration has approved for the U.S. military operation in the northern part of the country.
The Obama administration has placed 849 military personnel in Iraq and tasked them with conducting airstrikes, conducting assessments and providing Iraqi forces with intelligence, Pentagon officials said.
Additionally, the framework for an international coalition to combat the Islamic State began to form on August 20, when Germany and France said they were willing to help Kurdish fighters battle the militants.
Germany and Italy announced that they were prepared to join Britain and France in delivering weapons and other military gear such as helmets and security vests to the Kurdish fighters.