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Rep. Mike McCaul: 'Aviation Security,' 'Global Expansion' Top ISIS Threats

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By    |   Sunday, 22 May 2016 03:54 PM

The head of the House Homeland Security Committee said Sunday that "aviation security" and the "global expansion" of jihadist terrorists have become the biggest ISIS threats.

In an interview on "Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace," Texas GOP Rep. Mike McCaul also warned that "insiders" may be able to elude even tight airport security – as he's "concerned" that might have been the case in the crash last Thursday of an EgyptAir plane.

"You can have the best technology but if you have an inside job of a worker that has access to the plane that's corrupted or bribed or radicalized, they can get a bomb on that aircraft and blow it up," McCaul said.

He also decried the expansion of the Islamic State (ISIS), despite the Obama administration's assertion to the contrary.

"It's been expanding, not contracting," he said, adding: "Libya is a failed state and becoming a launching pad for external operations, as is Sinai in Egypt."

"I’m worried mostly as Homeland Security chairman about external operations conducted by the safe havens that are now being created in the Middle East and northern Africa from which they can launch external operations in the [United States]. And aviation security is the biggest threat," he said.

"And so they are expanding their bandwidth in a global sort of jihad movement. That's what really concerns me about the modern-day terrorists that we face is this global expansion."

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