Lawmakers Warned About Severity of ISIS Threat
WASHINGTON, D.C. —
It's another illustration of how complex things are growing in the region. At the center of this is the growing threat of ISIS, or The Islamic State. Our national correspondent Kristine Frazao takes a look at some of the latest incidents now causing concern. In some ways, the message couldn't be more clear. The group known as The Islamic State or ISIS and ISIL has been forthright about its goals. "As a government you have been at the forefront of aggression toward The Islamic State"From the beheading of american journalist James Foley, to pictures posted on Twitter of a building in downtown Chicago and even the White House under the hashtag #amessagefromISIStotheUS. "They're in a competition with Al Qaeda Prime, folks along the Afghanistan Pakistan border, and there's no way more powerful to express their street credentials among the Jihadist communities than an attack against the West," said Former CIA Director General Michael Hayden. Those attacks made easier by its deep pockets money used to pay its soldiers and to recruit many more, including hundreds believed to be in its ranks from the west. Reports show The Islamic Sate with at least two billion dollars in its coffers, stemming from ransom payments, donations and oil fields under its control. Last week the FBI issued a report saying there is no specific credible threat to the U.S. at this time. Still, no one denies they are powerful in the region and have stated time and time again they have global ambitions. "Clearly they have an agenda to overthrow the entire states system in the region and that means our allies, that affects vital interests in terms of oil and ultimately they will use that as a springboard to ultimately attack the United States," said Michael Eisenstadt of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Eisenstadt says the threat needs to be dealt with not only in Iraq, but in Syria as well, even if it means a new round of military intervention as the U.S. is now weighing. The threat now front and center, for the White House and for members of Congress preparing to return to Washington. "We should, in my view, look at isis as a direct threat to the united states, a threat to the region that cannot be accommodated. The strategy has to meet the threat," said (R) South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.