An Australian military expert told Agence France Presse (AFP) this week that the Islamic State group, ISIS, could turn Europe into a guerilla war zone if the West did not take the necessary steps to fight or annihilate the group.
Army veteran David Kilcullen said in Washington that the Paris attacks showed that ISIS was turning from a terrorist threat into a well structured organisation like the Irish IRA or Spain’s ETA.
“It’s early days, but I think we are starting to see the emergence of a fairly widespread paramilitary underground movement in Western Europe,” he said.
“This is not like the expeditionary terrorist attacks of al-Qaeda where they build a team in one country, smuggle them into another country and they all die,” said Kilcullen, whose book “Blood Year: Islamic State and the Failures of the War on Terror” is due out next year.
“The way the Paris attacks went down – with safe houses, stolen cars, weapon caches, guys successfully going underground after attacks – this is a lot closer to the classical definition of urban guerrilla warfare,” Kilcullen said.
He slammed what he called half-measures and dishonesty of the current campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
“We need to have an honest conversation – we’re pretending we’re not in combat, that we don’t have boots on the ground,” he said.
(With the courtesy of AFP)
Photo: The ISIS leader warns in a video that the US is next after Paris