The GOP chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence warned Sunday the kind of ISIS terror attacks that have rocked cities in Europe, the Middle East and United States could become the "norm."
California Rep. Devin Nunes' remarks to "Fox News Sunday"
came just hours after a deadly ISIS car bomb exploded
in the Iraq capital of Baghdad.
"To try to say that somehow we're winning this right now, I think is just – it's just farfetched," Nunes said.
"And that's why I tried to outline just kind of the basis of a plan that I hope the presidential candidates will begin to talk about, how ultimately do we go out and build a strategic plan that identifies the enemy and begins to take the fight to this enemy, because I’m afraid that these attacks are going to become the norm globally."
Nunes said the uptick in ISIS attacks is "up to about 100 attacks in a month, with suicide bombers and other improvised explosive devices."
"This is very destabilizing globally and … it's got to be the United States working with our NATO allies, our Arab allies, and anyone else who wants to come to the fight," he added. "If not, we're going to just continue to see this happen, and – and I – I don't think any of us globally want to see that."
He also decried the Obama administration's reluctance to describe the enemy as adherent to radical Islamic jihad.
"Radical jihad is radical jihad," he said.
"And why this administration and other intellectuals around the globe don't want to call it radical jihad because somehow … this is going to make the problem worse. We've been fighting this war for 15 years, and the last thing we should be running around doing is babbling about what this is or is not or what we should call it or not… There is a war within Islam."
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