CIA Director John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 16, 2016, before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on the Islamic State. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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CIA Director John Brennan told Congress Thursday that Daesh (ISIS) remains "formidable" and "resilient," is training and attempting to deploy operatives for further attacks on the West and will rely more on guerrilla-style tactics to compensate for its territorial losses in the Middle East.Updating the Senate intelligence committee on the threat from extremists, Brennan said Daesh has been working to build an apparatus to direct attacks against its foreign enemies, as in the recent attacks in Paris and Brussels – ones the CIA believes were directed by Daesh leaders. The branch in Libya, with between 5,000 and 8,000 fighters, is likely the most advanced and most dangerous, but Daesh is trying to increase its influence in Africa and to plot attacks in the region and in Europe, Brennan added. He said Boko Haram is now the Daesh branch in West Africa and has several thousand fighters. The Yemen branch, with several hundred fighters, has been riven with factionalism.
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