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Retired Army Lt. Col.: Expect More Terror Attacks

By    |   Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 02:38 PM

The horrific shooting at the Canadian Parliament is a chilling prelude to what will likely be more terror attacks, says retired US Army Lt. Col. John Nagl, an expert on counterinsurgency.

Nagl spoke on the "Steve Malzberg Show" on Thursday on Newsmax TV.

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"It’s just the first of many, I’m afraid. Although it was a lone-wolf actor he was inspired by an ideology of hatred, a misinterpretation of the Quran, of Islam and that virus is spreading rapidly," said Nagl.

"It's being spread by the most dangerous terror threat in the world right now, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and we've got to get a handle on this before we see a whole lot more of these."

On Wednesday, a man identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau triggered a shootout in Canada's legislature in Ottawa.

The native-born Canadian — who had a history of drug and robbery charges and had recently converted to Islam — shot and killed a soldier standing guard at an Ottawa war memorial.

After shooting the soldier, identified as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, Zehaf-Bibeau made his way into the country’s main legislature across the street, where he was shot dead by security officials.

Nagl — author of the new book, "Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice," published by Penguin Press — said Canada needs to brush up on its anti-terror programs.

"I’m a big fan of Canada. Like all countries they are struggling with a tradition of freedom and expectation of responsibility from their citizens … and a new threat that's being spread in a very unusual way," Nagl said.

"And the law enforcement and the Homeland Security mechanism simply haven't caught up with how this ideology of hate is being spread and how attacks are being motivated.

"One individual by himself connected to the Internet can decide to make these choices so this is just another indication of the fact that our laws and some of our philosophy is going to have to change if this long war against the radical Islamists continues."

Nagl, now the headmaster of The Haverford School in Pennsylvania, said he expects future attack attempts by "copycat jihadists."

He said he approved of President Barack Obama's plan to "defeat and ultimately to destroy ISIS."

"The way he wants to do that by relying on Iraqi forces, Kurdish forces, free Syrian forces is probably the right way to do it. I don't see committing tens of thousands of American troops to conduct ground combat," he said.

But Nagl added that the U.S. military's campaign of airstrikes against the Islamic State needs to multiply "by a factor of 10."

"[And there are] insufficient advisers on the ground. We need to multiply the current 1,400 or 1,500 advisers by a factor of 10," he said.

"They need to be calling in airstrikes, putting fight into our Iraqi and our Kurdish allies. I'm very concerned about the timelines we're talking about — a year, more than a year just to push ISIS out of Iraq."

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