"Clearly, they do pose a threat because they're going to be part of the leadership team again," said retired Army Gen. John Keane, who served as an adviser to past commanders in Afghanistan. "The fact of the matter is they're likely to be back in Pakistan with that leadership to influence future operations while the United States military is still there at least for a remaining year."
"ISIL is the new face of al Qaeda and radical Islam," said retired Army Gen. John Keane, an adviser to U.S. commanders during the Iraq counterinsurgency. "They are accomplishing what the 9/11 al Qaeda always dreamed about until they overreached and attacked the American people. ISIL intends to destabilize the Middle East and then dominate it regardless of whether a country [has] a Shia or Sunni majority."