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- September 18, 2016

SHOT: Kaine: Fight Against ISIS "Dramatically Improved" Since 2015

On CNN's State Of The Union, Democrat Vice Presidential Nominee Tim Kaine Asserted That The Fight Against ISIS Has "Dramatically Improved" Since 2015. "Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine backed off his 2015 claim that the United States' handling of Syria is a 'joke,' saying efforts to combat ISIS have succeeded since then. 'We have dramatically improved in the last year, and the proof is in how much ground ISIS has lost,' Kaine, the Virginia senator who is Hillary Clinton's running mate, told CNN's Jake Tapper Sunday on 'State of the Union.' 'A year ago, I think you remember, we had a small force that we were trying to put into Syria, and the opening of that was an abysmal failure,' Kaine said. 'But now we are taking the fight to ISIS to defeat them and to destroy them. And if you look at what's happened in the last year, ISIS's territory has dramatically shrunk because of a significant uptick in cooperation between the US, the Iraqi military, the Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq, the Kurds in northern Syria and the Syrian opposition. We're shrinking their space on the battlefield,"' he said." (Eric Bradner, "Kaine: Fight Against ISIS 'Dramatically Improved Since 2015," CNN, 9/18/16)

CHASER: Leaked August 2016 Intelligence "Heat Map" Shows ISIS Operating In 5 More Countries Than 2015

Last Month, A Leaked Intelligence "Heat Map" Prepared By The National Counterterrorism Center Showed The Islamic States' "Global Expansion" And That The Group Was Operating In 5 More Countries Than In 2015. "NBC News has exclusively obtained a map showing the global expansion of the terror group. The map is part of a classified briefing document received by the White House dated 'August 2016' and prepared by the National Counterterrorism Center. It shows a stunning three-fold increase in the number of places around the globe where ISIS is operating. U.S. State Department documents indicated that in 2014, when the U.S. military began its campaign to destroy the extremists, there were only seven nations in which the fledgling state was operating. By 2015, according to the State Department's own numbers, there were nearly double that - 13 countries. The current briefing map shows 18 countries where ISIS is fully operational. The map also displays a new category - 'aspiring branches' - and lists six countries where they're taking root: Egypt, Indonesia, Mali, the Philippines, Somalia and Bangladesh." (William Arkin, Robert Windrem And Cynthia McFadden, "New Counterterrorism 'Heat Map' Shows ISIS Branches Spreading Worldwide," NBC News, 8/3/16)

  • NBC News Terrorism Analyst: "It's Fair To Say That The Whole Battle Space Is Expanding For ISIS." NBC News terrorism analysis Malcolm Nance said the U.S. has been successful in attacking the 'ISIS core' in Iraq and Syria, but that the 'heat map' obtained by NBC News 'could probably be a lot bigger if they were to show all the aspirational regions where ISIS wants to operate and has carried out terrorist attacks.' 'It's fair to say that the whole battle space is expanding for ISIS,' he added. In an election year in which the fight against terror has taken center stage, even the U.S. government seems to acknowledge the battlefield is growing." (William Arkin, Robert Windrem And Cynthia McFadden, "New Counterterrorism 'Heat Map' Shows ISIS Branches Spreading Worldwide," NBC News, 8/3/16)

(William Arkin, Robert WIndrem, and Cynthia McFadden, “New Counterterrorism ‘Heat Map’ Shows ISIS Branches Spreading Worldwide,” NBC News, 8/3/16)

 


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