CIA chief says efforts against IS “have not reduced its terrorism” capabilities”

WASHINGTON, June 16 (KUNA) — The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday that while the US and its allies are making progress in the battlefield against the (so-called) Islamic State it isnآ’t not reducing its “terrorism” capabilities.
“Unfortunately, despite all our progress against (IS) on the battlefield and in the financial realm, our efforts have not reduced the group’s terrorism capability and global reach,” said John Brennan.
Although the groupآ’s resources have also been hit, he affirmed that “the resources needed for terrorism are very modest, and the group would have to suffer even heavier losses of territory, manpower and money for its terrorist capacity to decline significantly.” “To compensate for territorial losses, ISIL will probably rely more on guerrilla tactics, including high-profile attacks outside territory it holds,” he added.
The current number of IS fighters “far exceeds” what Al Qaeda had at its height and is in the “tens of thousands,” Brennan said.
This makes the group “very different from past adversaries like Al Qaeda, because (IS) not only seeks to control territory in several countries, but is taking advantage of technology and social media to recruit fighters and inspire terrorist attacks far from the battlefield,” said the CIA Director. (end) ak.rk