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McCain: ISIS Recruiting Strategy 'Not Going Away'

By    |   Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 01:06 PM

The strategy the Islamic State (ISIS) is using that focuses on social media to recruit and motivate new members is "not going away any time soon," Sen. John McCain told Fox News' "Happening Now."

Because of that, the Arizona Republican said Congress needs to hold more hearings so "the American people understand the nature of this threat," and the propaganda techniques the militants use to spread their message.

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"Have no doubt that ISIS is using the Internet and other social networking to recruit and to motivate people who are inclined to join that kind of radical extremism. And it's not going away any time soon," McCain said Thursday.

The airstrike campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria by the U.S. and allies was having "minimal" success, McCain explained, adding that the "battle for Baghdad has begun."

"[It's] not a frontal assault on Baghdad. But the suicide bombings, IEDs, the assassinations, the fomenting of strife between Sunni and Shia. They are getting close to the Baghdad airport. If they continue success, they could shell the Green Zone where our embassy is," he said.

The Islamic State was "making gains all over Iraq," McCain said, and in Syria, the government of President Bashar Assad was continuing to attack the Free Syrian Army instead of the Islamic militants. He explained there was "some kind of unholy arrangement there between Bashar al-Assad and ISIS."

McCain said one of his greatest concerns were the Europeans and Americans who join the militants in Iraq and Syria and "get on a plane and come back to the United States of America."

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The strategy the Islamic State (ISIS) is using that focuses on social media to recruit and motivate new members is "not going away any time soon," Sen. John McCain told Fox News' "Happening Now."
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