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ISIS has ‘strong desire’ to attack US and attempt is ‘inevitable’, former top general warns

ISIS has a “strong desire” to attack the US and an attempt is “inevitable” following the Moscow massacre, a retired general has warned. Former top general Frank McKenzie has admitted the “threat is growing” from the Islamic terror group after ISIS-K took responsibility for a deadly attack in Russia that killed more than 140 people. Gunmen opened fire at Moscow’s Crocus City Hall, which is one of the biggest shopping and entertainment complexes in Russia, last month and a huge blaze began after the shooting which engulfed the complex. ISIS released a statement later in the evening claiming their fighters “attacked” a “big gathering for Christians in the Russian Moscow suburb” injuring “hundreds” and causing “major destruction.” Russia’s foreign ministry called the incident a “terrorist attack.” READ MORE: Nurse ‘bullied’ diabetic man, told him he was ‘next’ before lethal insulin dose Now, the former general has said the terror group, who also claimed responsibility for a mass bombing in Iran in January, should be believed when they say they want to attack the US. “We should believe them when they say that. They’re going to try to do it,” McKenzie told ABC News’ “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz. “I think the threat is growing. It began to grow as soon as we left Afghanistan, it took pressure off ISIS-K. So I think we should expect further attempts of this nature against the United States as well as our partners and other nations abroad,” McKenzie said. “I think this is inevitable.” For all the latest on news, politics, sports, and showbiz from the USA, go to The Mirror US. The retired general said the US maintains a large enough military presence in Iraq and Syria to stop extremists there but he believes there should have been a small troop presence kept in Afghanistan – rather than withdrawing completely in August 2021. It brought an end to America’s longest war but President Biden was criticised for the decision as he previously pledged there would be an “over-the-horizon capability” to “act quickly and decisively” in Afghanistan, even from a distance. However, McKenzie refuted those claims and believes it is not possible. “In Afghanistan, we have almost no ability to see into that country and almost no ability to strike into that country,” he said of the conditions on the ground now which he claims helps the Islamic State and other militants. “If you can keep pressure on them … in their homeland and their base, it makes it hard for them to conduct these types of attacks,” he said. “Unfortunately, we no longer place that pressure on them, so they’re free to gain strength, they’re free to plan, they’re free to coordinate.” He believes if the US and its allies kept some forces in Afghanistan. “Things would be different. I have to believe, Martha, that things would be different. … I think we might actually be safer than we are,” McKenzie added.

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