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Sun Mar 8, 2015 10:6AM
Recent assessments by counterterrorism officials and experts in the United States reflect an increasingly pessimistic outlook in the US campaign against terrorism, according to new analysis.
US intelligence officials emphasize that al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups it inspired have not only survived 14 years of intense US-led military campaign, but have also spread, according to an analysis by the Washington Postpublished on Saturday.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a recent congressional testimony that the trend of terrorism was worse “than at any other point in history.”
US counterterrorism officials have entered a period of particular gloom amid a series of discouraging developments, including the growth of the ISIL terrorist group and the ongoing influx of foreign militants entering Syria to join the group.
Some veteran analysts in the US counterterrorism community believe the risk of terrorist attacks is accumulating rapidly.
“You’ve got a much bigger counterterrorism problem than you had a few years ago,” said John McLaughlin, a former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Terrorist groups “have never had territory of this magnitude. Never had this much money. Never this much access to Western passport holders. Never had the narrative they have now,” he added.
Michael Morell, the former deputy director of the CIA, told a New York police terrorism conference last week that he doubted the end of ISIL and al-Qaeda was near. “This is long term,” he said. “My children’s generation and my grandchildren’s generation will still be fighting this fight.”
The ISIL Takfiri terrorists, some of whom were among the militants trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, control large parts of Iraq and Syria.
A new analysis by Reuters also suggests that the US strategy in Syria to fight ISIL terrorists has stalled after the collapse of a major Washington-backed militant group operating in the country.
The Hazm movement fell apart last week shortly after the United States and Turkey launched a program aimed at training militants to fight the Syrian government and the ISIL terrorist group.