Top Pentagon officials think we’re 6-12 months away from ISIS-K having the ability to attack the US

| October 27, 2021

Taliban patrolling a section of the city of Kabul Afghanistan. (AP/Rahmat Gul)

The Biden Administration keeps on winning. Just when you thought the threat of ISIS had been eliminated, Biden’s poorly executed Afghanistan evacuation has not only emboldened them but given them a new base of operations. Terrorism is returning just in time for high gas prices, empty shelves, and inflation. A broken clock is right twice a day. Statistically speaking, Biden’s got to make at least one choice here.

While Undersecretary of Defense for Policy was testifying to Congress yesterday he talked about our intelligence community’s assessment of ISIS-K. The Undersecretary also said, after being asked about the Americans we abandoned in Afghanistan, “We did not leave Americans behind. They continue to get out.” This doublespeak is straight out of the “What the meaning of ‘is’ is.”

Fox News reports;

U.S. intelligence shows that ISIS-K, the Islamic State group’s Afghanistan affiliate, could potentially have the ability to strike American targets in as little as six months, while al Qaeda can also increase its capabilities, a top Pentagon official said.

Colin Kahl, undersecretary of Defense for policy, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that neither terror group poses an imminent threat, but that they still must be taken seriously as that could change in a fairly short amount of time.

“I think the intelligence community currently assesses that both ISIS-K and al Qaeda have the intent to conduct external operations, including against the United States. But neither currently has the capability to do so,” Kahl said. “We could see ISIS-K generate that capability in somewhere between six or 12 months. I think the current assessments by the intelligence community is that al Qaeda would take a year or two to reconstitute that capability.”

Kahl warned the U.S. must “remain vigilant against that possibility.

Lt. Gen. James Mingus, who also testified at the hearing, agreed with Kahl. The two men faced questions related to security in Afghanistan.

This was a confirmation of what Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told the committee about a possible uptick in international terror despite al Qaeda and other groups being weakened in the 20 years since the U.S. first went into Afghanistan.

Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, later asked Kahl how the U.S. would know if ISIS-K or al Qaeda intend to strike, should they develop the capability to do so. Kahl did not mince words with his response.

“Well, I think we are actually fairly certain that they have the intention to do so,” he said, citing “considerable evidence.” Kahl said he could go into this further after the hearing shifts to a closed session.

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  1. 5JC says:

    I think we are at risk any moment for a San Bernandino or Orlando style attack.

  2. Hack Stone says:

    Top officials within the Department Of Defense are not too concerned, as Intelligence assessments show that ISIS-K and Al Qaeda only have 17% completion rate for mandatory Diversity Training and Recognizing White Supremacy Within The Ranks Training. No way could they ever succeed with those numbers.

  3. OldManchu says:

    Lars thinks:

    This is not anywhere near as dangerous as having Trump in elected office.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Of course, every time he shits and runs here he proves that he’s a 24K brainwashed “useful idiot” who conforms to the propaganda he accepts as Gospel Truth!

  4. JURASSICHM says:

    Why would you believe an intelligence organization consistently demonstrating a low level of intelligence?

  5. 26Limabeans says:

    The 6-12 months timeline depends on the evac flights out of Germany
    ferrying Taliban fighters to rural America. Then they have to re group
    and network the attacks. I think it will be more like 12-18 months.

    Perhaps our resident S-2 expert can provide further insight…………

  6. President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight says:

    Top…….men…..

  7. Roh-Dog says:

    Complete abrogation of their responsibilities outlined in the deed to authorize their positions, a little document called The Constitution, America’s contract. Failing at; war, defense, immigration, taxes; self-evident violations of the 1st, 4th, 5th, 10th Amendments…
    And now the DoD, that prestigious institution straight off a clown-show of a world tour, is sniffing around Congress for further tools to violate the privacy of the American Citizen under the guise of ‘muh safety’.

    These a-holes should go back to the drawing board, sharpen their crayons and come up with a plan that’s back in line with their delineated obligations, restrained by OUR CONTRACT WITH THE DOTGOV.

    But if you don’t think that someone will ‘get thru’, known or unknown, to permit the subsumption of more power… well, I’ve got a old piece of parchment to sell you, it may have been used as toilet paper, it starts thusly:

    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

  8. OWB says:

    “Fairly certain” they have the intention to attack us? Are you kidding???

    Yeah, like NOBODY who states repeatedly, over decades, that they WILL attack us, have indeed attacked us, have the means to do so, thanks to our gift of that means, and plenty of opportunities to attack us and our friends would possibly do so.

    More like, “There is no chance that they will NOT attack us. Again.”

  9. President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight says:

    “Top Pentagon officials think we’re 6-12 months away from ISIS-K having the ability to attack the US”

    I give it 6-12 DAYS.

  10. David says:

    Many countries have the ability to attack us and don’t, primarily in the past due to fear of retaliation. We need an administration to clearly and believably say “you attack our ship, we sink your fleet. You bomb our city, we eliminate your city.” Older members may remember the proposal for the Wheel of Fortune: put the names of every major Islamic city on the Wheel. Any Islamic terror attack, we spin the Wheel. One trajectory-time later, we have to change the name on the wheel because the former city is gone. You can bet the ‘oceans of peaceful Muslims’ will be less welcoming to the terrorist ‘fish’ they currently allow.

    • Mason says:

      We can’t even reliably say we’ll defend our allies. White House immediately walked back Biden’s pledge to back Taiwan if China attacks. That’s gotta make those in the ROC feel secure.

  11. Sapper3307 says:

    The bazars have upgraded from Martine Henrys and Ak’s

    • 26Limabeans says:

      They have more ammo than my local Walmart which has none.

      • Roh-Dog says:

        Anyone not measuring ammo in pounds or cubic feet is SOL.

        The buying has slowed a bit but the prices are up over 100% from the lows, and I don’t see this as a stabilization in price/demand. It’s a coiling snake.

        • Fyrfighter says:

          Local Murdochs has plenty of .223 / 5.56, but prices start at $13/20rnds, and goes up from there…

          • Roh-Dog says:

            Dayum! I’d still be holding stuff for a profit from after the whole Sandyhook/0bummer sham at .47/rnd if it hadn’t for that megalodon that bit my boat in two!!

            fking shark punk b*tch

            (At the low Fed 855 ball was delivered @ $311/1000 loose pack around spring ’19. Hindsight!!!!!!)

  12. KoB says:

    My FIRST (ht 2 Roh-Dog) thought, when I sent this in to Mason on evening last, was Yep, just in time for the mid-term elections. Perfect excuse for the declaration of Martial Law by prezzy sniffy’s handlers. Anybody want to start a pool on how many of them are already in-country? ‘tween the ones we flew in at taxpayer expense, the ones pouring thru the border, and the sleepers that have been here for awhile, I’d guesstimate the number to be as high as how many active duty people we have…world wide.

    Be Aware…Be very Aware…it’s coming. Get yourself a copy of Day of Wrath by Forstchen. It’ll scare the bejeebers out of you.

    • Roh-Dog says:

      Dang it! You added another to my pile! I have to finish the John Matherson series (One Second After, One Year After, The Final Day).

      Could’t find Final Day at the lyeberry. For some reason his works ain’t too popular up here in the Norte.

      • 11B-Mailclerk says:

        Tom Kratman – A Desert Called Peace, then Carnifex. (Then the rest of the series)

        John Ringo – The Last Centurion

        Non-Fic

        Stephen Dando-Collins – The Legions of Rome

    • Mason says:

      Hadn’t heard of that book. With the left pulling armed cops out of schools, it’ll make the “gun free zones” even more of a soft target.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Chicom hypersonic FOBS warhead doohicky is a “Sputnik moment” too– gosh, they don’t say?!
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/top-general-chinas-hypersonic-missile-095306358.html

  14. Stacy0311 says:

    But Islam is the religion of peace. Why would they attack us? /sarc

  15. Devtun says:

    More of that Patriot Act part deux please. /s

  16. Charles says:

    If only the United States had a special force, you know, well trained mature soldiers skilled in the mission of training, organizing and directing indigenous forces in the conduct of unconventional warfare.

    That special force could have issued weapons to 20,000 Afghans (that’s a fucking infantry division!) as the United States conventional forces were ordered to leave by “Let’s Go Brandon.”

    And damn it, if only we had a military leader, perhaps a Four Star General Officer (you know, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of something or other) who knew something about such a special force, [maybe if that long tab on his left shoulder meant anything] and was in a leadership position where he could have instituted what we Special Forces officers call a “stay behind” infiltration.

    Those Taliban soldiers — (“but not recognized as such by the United States”) — would be a lot less hesitant to walk around with weapons cradled in their arms if they knew other Afghans — including women, (how’s that for a novel idea) — also had access to weapons.

    DAMN IT!, I have great idea:

    Let’s have such a Chairman of the Joint Chief’s of (whatever) and “Let’s Go Brandon” openly declare something totally radical, like:

    “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”

    and say “Fuck the United Nations Treaty on Small Arms” and give weapons to THE PEOPLE!

    Sorry guys, I have to stop writing now. I’m obviously thinking really unwoke right wing thoughts that could never lead to the formation of a free country and self determination to a nation.

  17. Skivvy Stacker says:

    They haven’t learned their battle cry yet.

    So far all they’ve managed is; “Let go Braydon”.