ISIL: Now considered "the most potent military force" of any terrorist outfit in the world

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    Aug 15, 2014 10:22 PM GMT
    Quite amazing, since just a few months ago, our genius in the White House called them "Junior Varsity."

    U.S. counterterrorism officials have dramatically ramped up their warnings about the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), concluding that the well-armed group is expanding its ambitions outside the Middle East and may be planning terror attacks against western Europe — and even the U.S. homeland.

    ISIL's conquest of vast swaths of Iraqi territory this spring and summer netted it a “significant” arsenal of U.S. weapons from two Iraqi military bases, including hundreds of tanks, heavily armored Humvees, assault rifles, and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, officials say. One U.S official tells Yahoo News ISIL is now considered “the most potent military force” of any terrorist group in the world.
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    Aug 15, 2014 11:56 PM GMT
    Just a little trip down memory lane:

    Obama Dismisses Al-Qaeda Resurgence: They’re JV

    Jan. 20, 2014 7:45am

    New Yorker editor David Remnick pointed out to the president that the Al Qaeda flag is now seen flying in Falluja in Iraq and in certain locations in Syria, and thus the terrorist group has not been “decimated” as Obama had said during his 2012 reelection campaign.

    “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama told Remnick. “I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.”

    Remnick characterized Obama’s analogy as “uncharacteristically flip.”
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 16, 2014 10:35 PM GMT
    Don`t forget ISIL are fighting a failed state in Iraq. Their success is hardly surprising.

    They haven`t done so well in Syria.
  • jaroslav123

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    Aug 16, 2014 11:38 PM GMT
    I love Douglas Murray.