Worldwide Threat Assessment

U.S. Intel: Islamic State Still Commands Thousands of Jihadis in Middle East and Beyond

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. intelligence community (IC) leaders on Tuesday warned that the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) remains a menace to the United States, acknowledging that the terrorist group “still commands thousands of fighters” in Iraq and Syria and has expanded its jihadi “tentacles” beyond the Middle East and into various corners of the world “despite significant leadership and territorial losses.”

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U.S. Intelligence: China, Russia ‘More Aligned Than at Any Point’ in Decades

The strategic relationship between Russia and China, long marred by tensions and mutual suspicions, is “likely to strengthen” further in 2019 as both countries seek to upend the “liberal democratic model” across the globe and counter U.S. objectives, warned the U.S. intelligence community (IC) in its latest Worldwide Threat Assessment released on Tuesday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) congratulates Russian President Vladimir Putin after presenting him with the Friendship Medal in the Great Hall of the People on June 8, 2018 in Beijing, China.

5 Global Perils Highlighted in U.S. Worldwide Threat Assessment

The American intelligence community unveiled its annual Worldwide Threat Assessment this week, highlighting the menace to U.S. national security posed by Islamic terrorism, drug overdoses fueled by Mexican and Chinese transnational criminal organizations (TCOs), and various other perils.

Director of National Intelligence Agency Dan Coats testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on May 23, 2017

U.S. Intel Community: Afghan Security Will only ‘Deteriorate Modestly This Year’

WASHINGTON, DC — The security situation in Afghanistan will only “deteriorate modestly this year” in the face of terrorism at the hands of Taliban narco-jihadists, among other factors driving instability in the war-ravaged country, predicted the U.S. intelligence community in its annual Worldwide Threat Assessment.

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