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Daesh Likely to Launch More Attacks in US, Europe in 2016 - US Official

© AFP 2021 / Joel SagatPeople stand next to the makeshift memorial in tribute to the victims of the Paris terror attacks, on January 4, 2016, at the Place de la Republique in Paris.
People stand next to the makeshift memorial in tribute to the victims of the Paris terror attacks, on January 4, 2016, at the Place de la Republique in Paris. - Sputnik International
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According to US Defense Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Vincent Stewart, Daesh is likely to launch more attacks in Europe and the United States in 2016.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Daesh is likely to launch more attacks in Europe and the United States in 2016 as the terrorist group continues to take refuge in large parts of Syria and Iraq, US Defense Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Vincent Stewart warned the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing on Tuesday.

"As the Paris attacks demonstrated, ISIL [Islamic State] has become the most significant terrorist threat [of] the United States and our allies," Stewart said. "ISIL will probably attempt to conduct additional attacks in Europe and attempt to direct attacks on [the] US homeland in 2016."

The US general explained that in 2015 Daesh was able to remain in the areas it controls in Syria and Iraq and moreover was able to "expand globally."

"ISIL’s foreign fighter cadre is core to its external attack capability, and a large number of western jihadists in Iraq and Syria will pose a challenge for western security services," Stewart said.

The United States and its allies of over 60 nations have been conducting a large-scale airstrike campaign against Daesh insurgents in Iraq and Syria since 2014, however, in Syria without the approval of the UN Security Council or the Syrian government.

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