Four-Star General Tells Congress: Al-Qaeda Has “Grown Four-Fold in Last Five Years”
During the 2012 election cycle Barack Obama repeatedly claimed al-Qaeda was “on the path to defeat.”
On Tuesday four-star General Jack Keane told Congress that al-Qaeda has “grown fourfold in the last five years.”
Bridget Johnson at PJ Media reported:
The former vice chief of staff of the Army warned the Senate Armed Services Committee today that al-Qaeda has “grown fourfold in the last five years.”
“AQ and its affiliates exceeds Iran in beginning to dominate multiple countries,” retired four-star Gen. Jack Keane testified.
Using a term that the Obama administration now eschews, Keane called radical Islam “the major security challenge of our generation.”…
…”The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, ISIS, is an outgrowth from Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which was defeated in Iraq by 2009.”
“After U.S. troops pulled out of Iraq in 2011, ISIS reemerged as a terrorist organization in Iraq, moved into Syria in 2012, and began seizing towns and villages from the Syria-Iraq border all the way to the western Syria from Aleppo to Damascus,” he reminded the committee.
That leads to an “unmistakable” conclusion that “our policies have failed,” Keane added.