IS threat 'beyond anything we've seen' - Pentagon

Washington - The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants pose a major threat to the United States that may surpass that from al-Qaeda, US military leaders said on Thursday.

"They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it's in Iraq or anywhere else," Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters at the Pentagon about the militant group, which has seized a third of Iraq and released a video this week showing one of its fighters beheading an American hostage.

Asked if Islamic State posed a threat to the United States comparable to that of the attacks of  11 September 2001, Hagel said the group was "as sophisticated and well-funded as any group we have seen.

"They are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of ... military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded. This is beyond anything we've seen."

General Martin Dempsey, chairperson of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the group could pose a direct threat to Western countries through the return of European or US nationals to their home countries after having fought in Syria or Iraq.

Bonnie Cape 2014/08/22 11:03:19 AM
It shouldn't only be the US wanting to fight these thugs, it should be every country that professes "Freedom, Democracy, Peace." because sooner or later it'll spread far and wide enough until we are all affected. The problem needs to be dealt with now and effectively.
coswecanfly 2014/08/22 11:21:20 AM
Looking for a reason to invade Iraq or some other oil rich country again are we? The American public is so gullible it will work too. It's time we get rid of ALL politicians and make some other kind of plan. "Democracy " clearly doesn't work.
Sviatoslav Igorevich 2014/08/22 11:23:29 AM
These global leaders.. bunch of wolves in sheeps clothing.. always keeping us afraid of the "new threat" needed to justify their "new war" in which they rake in massive profits but alas always in the name of peace.. As Orwell predicted in 1984 that people will eventually believe "war is peace" Do they ever send in their sons to fight?? Hey bush? clinton? Netenyahu? send your sons in the front lines too you cowards... they use the sons of the poor people and the poor people never realize they are just pawns for the elite. I always wonder how they get away with it over and over and over and over again..
Shaun O'Meara 2014/08/22 11:29:32 AM
Iran is the main funder. Open your eyes yanks. Iran said more than seven years ago that they will be the cause of the coming of Christ. The main Arab boss has scince repeated it a number of times. Hence the nuke plant they are building. Islam led by ayatollah sistani Khomeini is a radical bunch of pedophile fools. Islam is a sick joke that will be destroyed. This is no longer the crusade of king Henry. Now you want a holy war I think its time we gave you one. Pigs
Thomas Freeman 2014/08/22 11:29:54 AM
Which faith is more destructive to the civilized world, Islam or Christianity?
Abdul Hamied Ismail 2014/08/22 11:32:20 AM
Uhg why don't u guys look in to your own country and see the mess this country is in
Edward Gobey 2014/08/22 11:37:09 AM
Avashoni. You are talking rubbish. Probably to young to remember the video footage. Buildings collapsed from the top.
Mfumbayelangabi Silwane 2014/08/22 11:51:51 AM
A Big Lie!!I wonder who they are planning to attack, watch out Iran.
William Thompson 2014/08/22 11:55:06 AM
The strongest case against a democracy is to speak to the average voter /~ Winston Churchill
Jamill Ahmed 2014/08/22 12:13:21 PM
Rolling stone thats a good idea lets start with isreal then usa for taking the land from the red indian