A joint bulletin issued on Friday by the United States Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies across the country warns that members of the terrorist group, ISIS may be planning an attack on American soil.
This week, after President Obama referred to ISIS or ISIL as a “cancer,” and.Pentagon officials describe the Islamic State (ISIS) as an “apocalyptic” organization that poses an “imminent threat," it may come as a surprise what the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said about how the U.S. should respond to ISIS.
In a Pentagon briefing on Friday, U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey said in the short term, the U.S. should concentrate on building allies in the region to oppose ISIS militants, the terrorist group that murdered American journalist, James Foley and “contain” them.
However, several international and national security experts have warned of lone wolf terrorists or even sleeper cells that may already be in the United States and plotting an attack.
In recently discovered recruitment videos, a key figure of ISIS threatened to raise its flag over the White House, according to a Vice documentary published on the same day U.S. President Barack Obama authorized airstrikes on ISIS in Iraq if United States personnel were threatened.
Since the U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq in 2011, the Islamic State or ISIS has accumulated millions of dollars in funding and thousands of fresh recruits from around the world.
The religious philosophy of ISIS is so uncompromising it is more like a doctrine and the brutal tactics employed by the terrorist group resulted in al-Qaeda's decision to sever all ties with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.
In February, 2014, al-Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri renounced the group's affiliation with al-Qaeda after failing to keep ISIS and its murderous ambitions under control.
In an interview with PBS, Shadi Hamid, a fellow of the Brookings Institution and former researcher for the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World in the Center for Middle East Policy explained the difference between ISIS and other terrorist organizations in history. Hamid says ISIS or ISIL differs in that they actually have a governing program –they run local government and control and hold territory and provide social services.
The U.S. government now refers to the beheading of an American journalist, James Foley by ISIS as the terrorist groups first act of terrorism against the United States.
The growing consensus among leading terrorism experts is that the U.S. military must not back down or negotiate, but rather should "pick up the pace" in its fight against ISIS, and in helping Iraqis reclaim territory from the militants who now pose a clear and direct threat to the United States.