CENTCOM Commander Warns of Potential ISIS-K Attacks

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Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin congratulates the outgoing commander of U.S. Central Command, U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. (left); and the incoming commander, U.S. Army Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla, April 1, 2022. DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando via Wikipedia
  • Army Gen. Michael Kurilla, who leads U.S. Central Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Islamic State’s Khorasan Province (ISIS-K) is developing the ability to conduct “external operations” in Europe and Asia.
  • Kurilla said that ISIS-K would be able to attack American or Western interests outside Afghanistan in less than six months “with little to no warning.”
  • The commander confirmed that the U.S. has only conducted one “kinetic” counterterrorism operation so far, a drone strike last year that killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul.
  • Kurilla acknowledged that the quality of U.S. intelligence has degraded since the pullout from Afghanistan and said his command is working to close the intelligence gap by increasing investment into long-duration, high-altitude technology.  Read More

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