JNN 23 Mar 2016 New York : ISIS is actively planning a series of bloody Paris & Brussels-style massacres in the United States ahead of the presidential election in November.
There is now an “extremely high” likelihood that the death cult will try to destabilise the final months of the campaign by carrying out gun attacks and exploding bombs in US cities.
The shock warning comes from one the world’s leading authorities on ISIS and comes amid fears the group has acquired highly dangerous radioactive material which could be used to make a dirty bomb.
Dr Theodore Karasik, a Gulf-based analyst of regional geo-political affairs said: “There is an extremely high likelihood that ISIS followers will throw off the election in the United States by using Paris-style violence in American cities.”
And he even predicted that such attacks could help ISIS hand a shock victory to Donald Trump by boosting his anti-immigration, anti-Muslim stance.
Islamic State has carried out more than 70 terrorist attacks in 20 countries outside Iraq and Syria since it declared its caliphate in 2014.
Analytsts expect this number to surge in 2016 as it seeks to expand it’s impact on the western world.
According to Dr Karasik, ISIS would directly benefit from a Donald Trump victory because his policy towards Iran would seriously destabilise the Middle East.
He said: “The key question is how will a Trump presidency look and interact with the Islamic Republic of Iran? And the answer may surprise you.
“As president, Trump would be likely to open Iran to American business based on his vision of US economic prowess. He is likely to accelerate Iran’s acceleration into the global economy.
“Trump won’t like the Europeans and the Asians are beating him to the Iranian treasure chest.
“For President Trump, Iran is the biggest piece of real estate ever, with immense wealth and opportunity for American companies. The billions of dollars’ worth of business is too good for the next American president to pass up.”
And this scenario would inevitably stir up tensions in the region, fuelling the rise of ISIS further.
Dr Theodore Karasik added: “This scenario between Trump and Iran will not play well with Gulf Arab neighbours especially in the current environment.
“Don’t be surprised if a Trump presidency cuddles up to Rich Iranian business.
“Overall, a President Trump will likely find a domestic resonance for his outreach to the Islamic Republic if American companies create new jobs and opportunities to make America great again no matter what the cost.”
The warning comes just days after it emerged Islamic State terrorists may have obtained radioactive material that could be used as a weapon in their war against the West.
The Iraqi government is searching for the material, stored in a protective case the size of a laptop, after it was stolen in November from an American storage facility near the southern city of Basra.
U.S. oilfield services company Weatherford – who owned it – said it utilizes gamma rays to test flaws in materials in oil and gas pipelines.
Officials fear it could be used to make a so-called ‘dirty bomb’ a devastating device that combines nuclear material with explosives to contaminate huge areas with deadly radiation.
Earlier this week it was confirmed that American forces have captured their first high-ranking Islamic State militant in Iraq since a secretive team began targeting senior jihadists as part of plans to retake Mosul.
The militant was seized in a raid in northern Iraq led by the elite Delta Force weeks after the team’s deployment. The expeditionary targeting unit of about 200 mostly Delta Force commandos is the largest major American combat force to be deployed in Iraq since the US withdrawal in 2011.
The Isis fighter was captured during one of its first combat missions after weeks spent gathering intelligence and preparing safe houses in northern Iraq.
He is being held for interrogation in northern Iraq and is expected to be handed over to Iraqi or Kurdish authorities after weeks or months of questioning.
US officials, sensitive to the propaganda value of previous scandals surrounding Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, have ruled out establishing any long-term detention facility to hold IS prisoners.
Many of IS’s leaders met as prisoners in the Camp Bucca military prison in southern Iraq and began sketching out the blueprint for what would become their self-declared caliphate.
This year’s US presidential election takes place on Tuesday, November 8.
Currently a series of primary elections and caucuses is taking place, which will conclude in June.
British bookmakers believe Hilary Clinton currently has a 75 per cent chance of victory in November, with Donald Trump on around 25 per cent.
Meanwhile Syrian opposition coordinator Riad Hijab said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia and their allies had carried out 90 air strikes in the country since a ceasefire was declared last weekend.
The former Syrian prime minister said that the conditions of the truce had not been met, and that medical and food supplies were being blocked and failing to get to those who need them.
“We believe that the current conditions are not favorable for these negotiations, no aid has entered the besieged areas and detainees have not been released,” he said.
He added that the United States had made a lot of concessions to the Russians.