Intel officials: Al Qaeda is on the run… forward, and at a charging pace

posted at 10:01 am on July 29, 2014 by Noah Rothman

“It’s not on the run, and that ideology is actually, it’s sadly, it feels like it’s exponentially growing,” said outgoing Defense Intelligence Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn at a security conference over the weekend.

Flynn was referring to the ideological pull rather than the capabilities of Islamic terror networks. Nevertheless, this statement is an indictment of President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection strategy, which relied primarily on the execution of Osama bin Laden to suggest that the threat of Islamic terrorism had receded.

According to Washington Free Beacon reporter Bill Gertz, Flynn joined a number of intelligence experts over the weekend who said that he threat posed by Islamic radical terrorism has only grown under Obama’s watch.

Flynn raised concerns about the expansion of terror networks in Iraq and Syria as well as the secure foothold that al-Qaeda central command has established in tribal regions of Pakistan.

“These organizations that are out there that are well-organized, they are well-funded, they reach into these young people and they pull them in,” Flynn said. “And there seems to be more and more of them today than there were when I first started this thing in, post 9/11.”

According to Gertz, Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, a former undersecretary for defense intelligence, went a step farther than Flynn in indicting the White House’s counterterror approach. “I believe that al Qaeda has grown in numbers and influence since the Obama administration took office,” Boykin told conference attendees.

A quick glance at the headlines confirms these terror analysts’ fears. In Libya, where Obama presided over the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, al-Qaeda affiliates are rapidly taking control of the country. In Iraq, ISIS – a group only distinguishable from al-Qaeda in their markedly more brutal tactics – is growing in strength. “An Al Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country’s civil war,” an Associated Press report read.

A report Gertz filed last week indicates that the next generation threat from Islamic terrorism may take place on the far more devastating digital battlefield:

Al Qaeda, nation states, and criminals are preparing for major cyber attacks against U.S. infrastructure that could be comparable to the devastating September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, a senior Justice Department official said on Thursday.

“We’re in a pre-9/11 moment, in some respects, with cyber,” said John Carlin, assistant attorney general for national security in the Justice Department.

Carlin also said during remarks at a security conference that China’s government dared the Obama administration to provide court-level evidence of Chinese military hacking against the United States.

Terrorism has receded as a chief American concern as the memory of the September 11th attacks fades. Today, while still lagging far behind domestic concerns, the issue of terrorism has begun to creep back into Americans’ minds as the world grows more violent. The threat of terrorism never went – in fact, it may be worse than ever.


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But, but, but Obama got Osama!!!!

albill on July 29, 2014 at 10:04 AM

The General heading the DIA should have done the “quote thing” with fingers when he mentioned “on the run”.

aquaviva on July 29, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Why wouldn’t they be expanding? What is stopping them…John Kerry?

right2bright on July 29, 2014 at 10:10 AM

aquaviva on July 29, 2014 at 10:06 AM

You can’t make air quotes in uniform.

Akzed on July 29, 2014 at 10:10 AM

As a society we’ve forgotten the “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” I don’t expect that to change until a good while after the free stuff is completely gone.

Fenris on July 29, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Boy, it’s not turning good for the new Millennium. The first 15 years sort of sucks.

Oil Can on July 29, 2014 at 10:13 AM

And GM has recalled almost all their vehicles.

Flange on July 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Ukraine, Russia political crisis
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canopfor on July 29, 2014 at 10:23 AM

And GM has recalled almost all their vehicles.

Flange on July 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Maybe the better plan would have been to give each al queda member a free Chevy Cruz…they seem to be more deadly than drones.

HumpBot Salvation on July 29, 2014 at 10:24 AM

i only found one typo. congratulations, noah!

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on July 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Exactly what Obama WANTS and specifically enabled.

Meople on July 29, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Look on the bright side: Kid’s school lunches have gotten rid of cookies and chips.

Our kids will be healthier and thus able to run faster toward the bomb shelters.

Bishop on July 29, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Well, what do you know, the war is not over yet in the Middle East. It is going to be long war that we are going to have make some hard decisions. Don’t blame me, I voted for Romney. Obama has totally failed as being president of this country and of leader of the free world.

SC.Charlie on July 29, 2014 at 10:34 AM

I think it is time for Kerry to write a sternly written letter to Al Q, and tell them to stop becoming a threat or else something bad will happen someday to them.

right2bright on July 29, 2014 at 10:35 AM

I don’t understand. You mean pinpoint drone operations haven’t decimated al Qaeda the way we were told?

BKeyser on July 29, 2014 at 10:35 AM

This crap is a major industry in the Middle East. I used to think that Obama’s drone strikes was a tactic that might stop these jihadist but it appears that this is how junior officers get promoted in this business.

At least the participants get fed and clothed in cool, black uniforms as they move up the ranks and get to fly a really cool, black flag like the pirates used to fly. The leaders rake in the money and lead the ignorant peasants on with promises of virgins in a milk and honey afterlife.

The only way to stop this is to slaughter them without mercy and publicly execute their leaders and money backers. A war run by the military with the mindset of Sherman’s march to the sea.

Vince on July 29, 2014 at 10:36 AM

So, Al Queda is not dead and GM is still struggling to keep it’s tax fattened head above water. What was he re-elected on, again?

Hucklebuck on July 29, 2014 at 10:37 AM

And GM has recalled almost all their vehicles.

Flange on July 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Actually, it has recalled more this year than it sold the last two years combined. Your tax dollars at work.

Hucklebuck on July 29, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Is this the Hope or the Change?

formwiz on July 29, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Nothing a quick Twitter exchange wont fix

#amIrite?

Gatsu on July 29, 2014 at 10:41 AM

The only way to stop this is to slaughter them without mercy and publicly execute their leaders and money backers. A war run by the military with the mindset of Sherman’s march to the sea.

Vince on July 29, 2014 at 10:36 AM

I like the cut of your jib.

Israel could use the same approach.

Of course, that would make our resident terrorist sympathizers brainfree and foolrepublica cry. So a win-win-win.

HumpBot Salvation on July 29, 2014 at 10:41 AM

GM is dead, and Al Qaeda 2.0 is alive, and Mexican Rape Trains are alive, and Russia is alive..

faraway on July 29, 2014 at 10:45 AM

“In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.” – The anti-Christian President of the United States

So, help me out here, how many of the founding fathers were Mooslim, again?

This “President” is dropping all disguises. We have one of the ENEMY as President.

Meople on July 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

I wonder what source the ideology is that is referred to. Anyone know? Maybe if the source could be identified, something could be done. Until then I guess it’s best to flail about uselessly and continue to pretend it is a mystery.

BL@KBIRD on July 29, 2014 at 10:51 AM

And GM has recalled almost all their vehicles.

Flange on July 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM

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Maybe the better plan would have been to give each al queda member a free Chevy Cruz…they seem to be more deadly than drones.

HumpBot Salvation on July 29, 2014 at 10:24 AM

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** Rim-shot **

listens2glenn on July 29, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Vince, at least you acknowledge that Sherman was a homicidal, genocidal maniac. Progress.

vnvet on July 29, 2014 at 10:59 AM

** Rim-shot **

listens2glenn on July 29, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Now their rims are shot? Better recall them.

Flange on July 29, 2014 at 11:04 AM

don’t understand. You mean pinpoint pinprick drone operations haven’t decimated al Qaeda the way we were told?

BKeyser on July 29, 2014 at 10:35 AM

FIFY

Dolce Far Niente on July 29, 2014 at 11:10 AM

The ads write themselves GOP.

mankai on July 29, 2014 at 11:12 AM

The least secure border and the muslim terrorists on the rise, what could go wrong?

Adjusting tin hat, could it be that a nice big old terror attack around October 2016 might have to force Obama to declare himself president for life? I sure wouldn’t put it past this cabl of totalitarians.

jukin3 on July 29, 2014 at 11:12 AM

No worries ….. AQ is SO “jayvee”.

MissMagnolia on July 29, 2014 at 11:18 AM

They’re like Moochelle onto a taxpayer lobster…..

viking01 on July 29, 2014 at 11:19 AM

The problem in Iraq is one we cannot solve. The Shiites and the Sunnis have to figure out tolerance, but, as we know by now, tolerance is not an Islamic virtue, no matter which sect you examine.

All we can do is whack the guys who say (for words have meaning) that they want to whack America.

unclesmrgol on July 29, 2014 at 11:26 AM

But but but… Bin Laden is dead!

climatechangedenier on July 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM

This poll begs the question of whether they are “refugees” or just seeking a better life economically. That is the crux of the question not whether the US people are compassionate — of course they are; we already know that. If these people are just seeking a better life, get in line with the other legal applicants.

KW64 on July 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM

KW64 on July 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Wrong thread. I hate when that happens.

KW64 on July 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Right now Obama is calling an emergency meeting to deal with the Al Qaeda crisis as he works tirelessly to figure out how to blame Bush for all of this.

PackerBronco on July 29, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Bohica America…..

crosshugger on July 29, 2014 at 11:41 AM

i only found one typo. congratulations, noah!

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on July 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM

So says the scholar who is still trying to figure out the concept of capitalization…

zoyclem on July 29, 2014 at 11:48 AM

They’re on “the run” like the “world is more tranquil under obama”.

Schadenfreude on July 29, 2014 at 12:17 PM

This poll begs the question of whether they are “refugees” or just seeking a better life economically. That is the crux of the question not whether the US people are compassionate — of course they are; we already know that. If these people are just seeking a better life, get in line with the other legal applicants.
 
KW64 on July 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM

 
Wrong thread. I hate when that happens.
 
KW64 on July 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM

 
The funny part is that it still sort of works.

rogerb on July 29, 2014 at 12:23 PM

A statement put out today by President Barack Obama on the occasion of a religious holiday is raising some eyebrows.

The holiday is a Muslim one called “Eid-al-Fitr” and the statement says:

This last month has been a time of fasting, reflection, spiritual renewal, and service to the less fortunate. While Eid marks the completion of Ramadan, it also celebrates the common values that unite us in our humanity and reinforces the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other, especially those impacted by poverty, conflict, and disease.

In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy. That is why we stand with people of all faiths, here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their commitment to giving back to their communities.

Schadenfreude on July 29, 2014 at 12:49 PM

i only found one typo. congratulations, noah!

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on July 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM

I’ve been reading your comments lately. I’ve come to the conclusion that you’re kind of an annoying moron. Did you know that?

John the Libertarian on July 29, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Bad link, above.

Schadenfreude on July 29, 2014 at 12:52 PM

The only way to stop this is to slaughter them without mercy and publicly execute their leaders and money backers. A war run by the military with the mindset of Sherman’s march to the sea.

Vince on July 29, 2014 at 10:36 AM

I like the cut of your jib.

Israel could use the same approach.

Of course, that would make our resident terrorist sympathizers brainfree and foolrepublica cry. So a win-win-win.

HumpBot Salvation on July 29, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Why can Barry drone al Qaeda in a dozen countries, and the collateral damage doesn’t make the news as it did under President George W. Bush?

Why can’t Israel drone Hamas without being called Nazis?

slickwillie2001 on July 29, 2014 at 1:53 PM

But OBL’s dead……

ISIS’s Black Flags Are Flying in Europe
Daily Beast-Jul 27, 2014
“Death to the Jews” chanted the crowd waving the black flags of the Islamic State, or ISIS as it used to be known. They were looking for new …

And GM’s alive……

GM recall list grows: 717949 vehicles include Chevrolet, GMC …
Tech Times-Jul 28, 2014
Six new recalls brings GM’s total to 30 million vehicles, the most in its … So far this year, GM has recalled about 30 million vehicles, the most in …

Earnings: General Motors’ quarterly profit falls 85% because of recall …
Columbus Dispatch-Jul 24, 2014
Recall costs chopped $1.5 billion from General Motors’ bottom line in the … Amazon expects third-quarter revenue between $19.7 billion and …

CW on July 29, 2014 at 7:23 PM

By using diplomacy Barack Obama WILL win the war in Iraq. He is offering free Obamacare-medical policies to the ISIS terrorist’s. In exchange for this free medical care all the ISIS members will have to do is turn in all their weapons and surrender to the C.I.A. Thanks to the genius being shown by our President this silly war will soon be over and ALL of our troops will be coming home soon !
(P.S. Dynamic leadership like this in the White House is a VERY rare thing. We do not see it happen very often !)

Bugdust172 on July 29, 2014 at 7:38 PM

I’ve been reading your comments lately.

First mistake

I’ve come to the conclusion that you’re kind of an annoying moron. Did you know that?

John the Libertarian on July 29, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Feature, not a bug.

307wolverine on July 29, 2014 at 9:37 PM