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Sen. Chris Coons: ISIS Has Become More 'Aggressive'

Sen. Chris Coons: ISIS Has Become More 'Aggressive'

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By    |   Monday, 19 September 2016 11:12 AM

Delaware Sen. Chris Coons discussed the bomb incidents in New York and New Jersey over the weekend, as well as the stabbing attack in Minnesota during an appearance on Fox News' "Fox & Friends."

The Democratic senator said the attacks were "three distinct incidents," but "there may well be ties between the one in New Jersey and New York."

Coons said sharing intelligence is "more important than ever," according to a clip the program shared in a tweet:

 

 

Coons agreed with vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine that terror attacks in American cities mean the terrorists are being defeated abroad and that ISIS has become more "aggressive" in reaching out to recruits they did not directly train.

Fox also released a clip of Coons discussing the success that coalition forces have had against ISIS:

 

 

"We have in fact shrunk the amount of territory ISIS holds by 40 percent. We've made progress in Iraq and Syria," Coons said.

"The coalition is taking the fight successfully to ISIS on the ground. Because ISIS relies on its popularity, the misperception that their twisted goals are advancing, for them to attract recruits, they're being more and more aggressive in reaching out and calling on folks who they don't control or train or support to carry out attacks."

The lawmaker also noted there wasn't any evidence showing ISIS was involved in any of the incidents, but they could have inspired the Minnesota knife attacker.

"There's no evidence that ISIS knew who he was beforehand, provided him any material or support. He may have been a twisted individual who decided to carry out a horrible knife attack in a mall," Coons said.

Coons said that law enforcement and intelligence are doing their jobs successfully, and that the "talented and capable folks at the FBI" are following leads to the attacks. He said that Americans should not be afraid.

"One of my concerns is not to needlessly scare the American people," Coons said during the interview.

Delaware Online reported that Coons, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, would serve as an official representative to the United Nations General Assembly.

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