ISIS Threat Shifts to New York City
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, allegedly said this while he was leaving a U.S. detention camp back in 2009: “I’ll see you guys in New York.” Although the statement was made five years ago, it was only made public this week and has garnered the attention of New York officials, including New York City mayor Bill de Blasio.
“We are quite aware of the statements that he’s made,” de Blasio said. “We’re quite aware of the growth of this organization, and it’s something that I’ve talked to NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton about regularly and when it’s appropriate to talk to our federal partners we do but rest assured we’re quite vigilant in this situation.”
While it is unknown just what sort of precautions New York and the NYPD are taking as a direct result of the threat, certain terror experts have said the threat, and the evildoer behind it, are the real deal.
“This person has proven that he is definitely a threat and that he will carry out his promises and he has the resources in which to do so,” said Manny Gomez, a terrorism expert speaking with WCBS-TV.
Gomez said that while al-Baghdadi might not be as infamous as other terrorists in the past like Osama bin Laden, his track record, along with his abilities to stay below the radar, make him one of the most dangerous people in the world.
“This guy’s on the move, he’s only gaining strength,” Gomez added. “He’s gaining more resources, vis-à-vis weaponry, intelligence backing. His numbers are growing. His financial strength is growing. Success breeds on success and this guy, unfortunately for us, has been very successful.”
ISIS, a Sunni militant group, has embarked on a terror tirade in Iraq in an effort to establish an Islamic state in both Iraq and Syria. Washington has been debating over the past few weeks on how to react to the sudden wave of insurgencies. Last week President Barack Obama said he would not send U.S. troops into Iraq but would review other options.
On Monday however, it was reported that as many as 275 U.S. troops could be deployed to Iraq to provide support and security for personnel of the US embassy in Baghdad.
It’s unknown just how the latest revelations that the group has placed New York in its cross hairs will influence lawmakers.