ISIS May be Capable of USS Cole-Style Bombing: Former NATO Chief


SAN DIEGO -- The next attack by Islamic State militants may be directed at a Navy ship, retired Adm. James Stavridis said Wednesday.

Speaking at the AFCEA West conference in San Diego, the former Supreme Allied Commander Europe for NATO and current dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University said the organization of violent extremists was likely to target the maritime domain in the near future.

"We have an organization that has demonstrated they are highly innovative and I don't rule out a Cole-like event," he told, referring to the 2000 terrorist bombing of the guided missile destroyer Cole by a Sudanese as-Qaida affiliate.

Stavridis said he expected the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, to target U.S. civilian and military assets in the maritime domain in an effort to humiliate and gain profit.

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