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Kerik: Radical Groups Increasing; US Needs a 'Better Strategy'

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By    |   Thursday, 06 Aug 2015 07:17 PM

The numbers are rapidly expanding for radical jihadists training in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and the United States will need a "better strategy" – and intelligence – to adequately battle the surge, former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik tells Newsmax TV.

In a panel discussion Thursday on "Newsmax Prime" hosted by J.D. Hayworth, Kerik, who also served as interim minister of the interior of Iraq, said "nobody should be surprised when … people are murdered by these homegrown [terrorists], or lone wolves."

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"Whether it's al-Qaida, whether it's [the Islamic State] ISIS, whether it's al-Shabaab, Hamas, Hezbollah – all of these groups that follow this radical extremist mentality – they're constantly increasing in numbers," with "training camps all over Asia now, all over northern Africa, throughout Syria and Iraq," Kerik said.

"That's something we're going to continue to see if we don't fight this, if we don't put together a better strategy on the home front," he added. "Honestly, it's going to be all about intelligence… we've got to know who they are, where they are, where they're coming from, how they're getting into this country. Our borders are porous, how many homegrowns are there? Intelligence is the key here in this country."

Col. Derek Harvey, former intelligence officer and special counsel to Gen. David Petraeus, said "al-Qaida is stronger today than it was a year ago, but ISIS has gained more territory."

"Their reach is greater than it was, their finances are solid, and they have many more fighters today than they did a year ago," he said, agreeing that a better strategy will be needed to combat the growth.

The strategy will have to address the social media reach of the Islamic State (ISIS), Kerik added.

"All you have to do is look at some of the messages that've come out of ISIS over the last year… calling for attacks, lone wolf attacks at the United States," he said.

"We've had 70, maybe 75 different either attempted attacks or attacks in the United States since Sept. 11 (2001) – many … ISIS-inspired over the last year. We're going to see continued increases with social media, the Internet, their ability to communicate [is] unlike anybody else that has [been] in the past. We're going to continue to see increasing attacks and attempted attacks."

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The numbers are rapidly expanding for radical jihadists training in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and the United States will need a "better strategy" - and intelligence - to adequately battle the surge, former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik tells Newsmax TV.
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