#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – The head of the US Department of Homeland Security is “very concerned” that tactics used by the ISIL terrorist organization in Iraq and Syria might be copied in the US, including public be-headings.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Fox News on Friday that ISIL terrorists are an “extremely dangerous” group who are willing to behead people publicly and may inspire some Americans to carry out similar acts.
ISIL “is an extremely dangerous terrorist organization that simply has to be dealt with and we are taking the fight to them, through air strikes, through an international coalition,” Johnson said.
“These terrorist groups have very slick social media, propaganda and literature that have the capability of inspiring somebody whose never met a member of the group or been to a terrorist training camp, and so we’re very concerned about the possibility of that and we’re addressing it,” he said.“They have shown … a depravity and a willingness to behead people publicly because of the fact that they’re Americans, or because they’re British,” he added.
The US and its regional allies, especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have been funding, arming and training the extremist groups to oust President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.
In May 2013 US Senator John McCain of Arizona slipped across the border into Syria from Turkey and met with insurgents fighting the Syrian government. McCain has been a staunch supporter of arming the insurgents.
McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina have been pushing for arming the insurgents in Syria.
“The senators, both of whom are on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that rebel fighters deserved to be armed and that helping them take on the Syrian government would aid Washington’s effort to weaken Iran,” the New York Times reported on Feb 19, 2012.
Steve Clemons writing for The Atlantic said in a June 23, 2014 article that Senator McCain and Senator Graham had “met with Prince Bandar bin Sultan, then the head of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence services and a former ambassador to the United States, to encourage the Saudis to arm Syrian rebel forces.”
“Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar, and for our Qatari friends” McCain said “at the Munich Security Conference,” in February 2014 praising Prince Bandar and Qataris “for supporting forces fighting Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria,” Clemons reports.
CIA has also been training the insurgents in secrete camps in Jordan and Turkey.
ISIL, also known as ISIS or IS, currently controls large areas of Syria’s eastern and northern sections. The group sent its militants into Iraq in June, seizing large parts of land straddling the border between the two countries.
The group has carried out heinous crimes in the two countries, including mass executions and beheadings of people. It has so far beheaded two Americans and two Brits.
The brutal terror organization released a video Friday purportedly showing the beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning.
Henning’s beheading on camera was the fourth such video released by ISIL terrorists. The group has also released videos depicting the beheading of two US journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, as well as British aid worker David Haines.