Fighters abandoning al-Qaeda affiliates to join Islamic State, U.S. officials say

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 at 9:08 am
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U.S. spy agencies have begun to see groups of fighters abandoning al-Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Africa to join the rival Islamist organization that has seized territory in Iraq and Syria and been targeted in American airstrikes, U.S. officials said.

The movements are seen by U.S. ­counterterrorism analysts as a worrisome indication of the expanding appeal of a group known as the Islamic State that has overwhelmed military forces in the region and may now see itself in direct conflict with the United States.

“Small groups from a number of al-Qaeda affiliates have defected to ISIS,” as the group is also known, said a U.S. official with access to classified intelligence assessments. “And this problem will probably become more acute as ISIS continues to rack up victories.”

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2 Responses to “Fighters abandoning al-Qaeda affiliates to join Islamic State, U.S. officials say”

  1. Blacque Jacques Shellacque on 14/14/14 at 1:28 am

    “And this problem will probably become more acute as ISIS continues to rack up victories.”

    And therein lies the key: Dealing them a stunning blow would certainly take the wind out of their sails. All that needs to be done is to locate where they’re massed, then mount a merciless air attack against each formation, complete with cluster munitions, napalm, and a rain of minigun fire.

    If an enemy is to be defeated, part of the objective is that they should be made to feel defeated. Killing most or all of their fighters is a large part of that.

  2. SNuss on 14/14/14 at 2:15 pm

    Since they are now centrally-located in their caliphate, it should be possible to target their command-and control center, and other primary targets. Unleashing a sudden, massive, strategic bombing campaign would weaken and demoralize them significantly. This should allow the Iraqis and Kurds to complete the mission on the ground.

    Unfortunately, with Obama as C-I-C, that isn’t very likely to happen.