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US Sees Islamic State Group Spreading its Tentacles

IS remains the greatest threat globally, with a “formidable force” in Syria and Iraq

Voice of America reporting: The State Department, in its annual report on terrorism, presented a pessimistic prognosis of the spread of the international terrorism in the world. The main fear is the decentralization, with terrorist groups popping-up in several regions of the world, such as Southeast Asia, Russia's North Caucasus and Africa,

While al-Qaida, Boko Haram and al-Shabab are still active, the State Department said IS remains the greatest threat globally, with a “formidable force” in Syria and Iraq.

The big concern for the State Department were the acts of terrorism committed by IS in major European countries such as France and Belgium, as well as constant bombings in Turkey, despite IS forces being on the defensive.

Islamic State also made gains in Libya and established affiliates in countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.

But IS is not the only organization to wreck chaos around the world.

Boko Haram has declared Islamic State affiliation, all while killing thousands of people and displacing hundreds of thousands in Lake Chad Basin region.

Despite Al Qaida’s central leadership being weakened by constant air strikes, the group remains a threat. In 2015 it inspired network of affiliate groups in Arabian Peninsula, Maghreb and Indian subcontinent.

Perhaps the least known by the name, Al Shababaged launched deadly attacks in Somalia seeking to revert progress made by Somali government and weaken “political will” of AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia).

The State Department lists nearly 60 U.S. designated foreign terrorist groups in its annual report. It also singles out several countries as bad actors in the global fight against extremism, such as Iran, Sudan and Syria.

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

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