US OFFICIAL IN TESTIMONY TO SENATE COMMITTEE: FACING TERRITORIAL LOSSES, WEAKENED MORALE, ISIS SETTING SIGHTS ON ISRAEL
An ISIS terrorist. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
With the Islamic State (ISIS) incurring territorial losses in Syria and Iraq — and suffering weakened morale as a result — the jihadist terror group is now setting its sights on Israel, a US official said on Tuesday.
In testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about global efforts to defeat ISIS, Brett McGurk — US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (the acronym used by the White House) — warned that as coalition forces “root out an ISIL presence in the SW tri-border region of Syria adjacent to Jordan and the Golan Heights…[ISIL has] focused on Israel as a target.”
McGurk said this change in strategy — which is partially driven by heavy “losses on the battlefield” — is a result of the terror group’s “hop[e] to generate international headlines to compensate for its defeats.”
McGurk said, the US must not allow ISIS to try to bolster its position and put Israel in its crosshairs….