On 9/11 Anniversary, a Grim Reminder: Threat from Radical Islamic Terrorists Is Greater Than Ever
- Since that fatefulSeptember morning in 2001,
Islamic jihadists havelaunched more than 33,000
deadly terror attacks.
The movements and ideologies that drove
and justified that attack
and the thousands ofother attacks you name,
that still remains verydynamic, very vibrant,
a major force in the world.
And these terror groups have hit targets
nearly everywhere aroundthe world since 9/11,
from Iraq and Afghanistanto Finland and California.
Experts say Islamic fighters have shown
that they are far fromexhausted, discouraged,
- [George] Our jihadistenemies, Sunni or Shia,
they still seem very prepared to fight,
not ready to put down their weapons,
not ready for a diplomaticprocess or a peace process.
ISIS, an offshoot of Al Qaeda
born in the desertsands of Iraq and Syria,
is much weaker, but by nomeans out of the fight,
The group has carriedout more than 150 attacks
in 29 countries, killing thousands.
Its affiliates or supporters
are now spread around the world,
including here in the homeland,where the FBI's Director
told congressional officials this summer
that his bureau was trackingan alarming number of cases.
- We have about 1,000 investigations
into exactly the kind ofpeople you're describing,
covering all 50 states, asI'm sitting here right now.
- [George] And let's not forget Al Qaeda.
Even though the group has not succeeded
in launching anotherspectacular 9/11 style attack,
it is still a threat.
Despite the death of its leader,
Osama bin Laden, in May 2011,
Al Qaeda, which just had afew hundred fighters on 9/11,
now has between 10,000 and 20,000
battle-hardened fighters in Syria.
4,000 are operating in Libya
and another 9,000 are in Somalia.
Hundreds more are scatteredacross North Africa
and Southeast Asia.
And according to western intelligence,
there are about 50,000jihadists living in Europe,
including recent combatantswho have returned home
after fighting alongside ISIS, Al Qaeda,
and other terror groups in Syria and Iraq.
- And let's be honest aboutthis, they are faith driven.
They have an ideology thatis derived from a theology.
- [George] 17 years on, despitetrillions of dollars spent
and countless American lives lost,
the threat from radicalIslam is more widespread
than ever before.
May says the world shouldprepare for a long war
against an enemy that isn't backing down
and believes time is on its side.
- We should look back in history
and recall that we've had wars,
such as in the Arabian peninsula,
between Christians and Muslims
that lasted close to 800 years.
Other wars lasted 700 years, 200 years.
We don't know how longthis war is gonna last.
Our enemies don't carehow long it's gonna last.
If we are not prepared for such a war,
then we will for sure lose such a war.
- [George] George Thomas, CBN News.