U.S. national security warn of Islamic State’s self new caliphate

Vastavam web: The collapse of Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate has not diminished the militant group’s ability to inspire attacks on Western targets via the internet, U.S. national security officials told senators on Wednesday.“Unfortunately, we don’t see ISIS’ loss of territory translating into a corresponding reduction in its inability to inspire attacks,” she told a U.S. Senate committee.
The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State estimated on Tuesday that fewer than 3,000 fighters belonging to the hardline Sunni militant group remain in Iraq and Syria, where they declared a caliphate in 2014.Yet “the elimination of the physical caliphate does not mark the end of ISIS or other global terrorist organizations,” said Mark Mitchell, acting assistant defense secretary for special operations/low-intensity conflict.
As ISIS loses territory it will become more reliant on virtual connections, he said, and continue to inspire “stray dog” attacks by vulnerable people.“This is the new caliphate – in cyberspace,” said Ron Johnson, the Republican chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.The experts described an evolving threat including ISIS’ ability to adapt its narrative after territorial losses to portray the struggle as a long-term process.