NBC: ISIL Developing Advanced Bomb Making Skills, Bragging About It

Richard Engel: Counterterrorism officials call threat from ISIL 'extremely high'

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NBC reported Monday that ISIL now poses a high threat to the United States as they enhance their military capabilities with bomb-making skills and suicide bombers.

According to NBC's Richard Engel, reporting from Baghdad, "Several counterterrorism officials tell NBC News the threat from ISIL to American interests is, quote, ‘extremely high.' They say ISIL is developing advanced bomb-making skills and cultivating a roster of foreign suicide bombers who could target the U.S. and Europe–and they're bragging about it."

One fighter, interviewed by NBC, called Iraq and Syria "just the beginning."

Engel also reported that militants "have positions not very far from the airport" and "have captured artillery which would allow them potentially to attack the airport from afar."

Engel added that there is "One saving grace–ISIL, savage and intolerant, is generally losing support wherever it goes."

"But," Engel continued, "hated or not, ISIL has carved out a safe haven in the heart of the Middle East that may now be the most dangerous terrorist sanctuary in the world."

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