Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) expressed concern Sunday that an Islamist extremist group causing chaos in Iraq will attack the United States.
“My greatest concern is for what he intends to do and I think he has the capability to and the intent to attack the United States,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”
On Sunday, Iraqi officials were working to confirm the authenticity of a 21-minute video said to show Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.
He was seen delivering a sermon reportedly filmed on Friday at the Great Mosque in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city.
The extremist group has seized a wide expanse of north and west Iraq and put the nation into a state of upheaval.
Barrasso said that al-Baghdadi must feel safe in the large area that his group has overrun, “which shows you that when the United States leaves a vacuum others will go in, others will fill it. The bad actors will show up and we’re seeing it right now.”
“Obviously he feels emboldened by what his Islamic State has been able to accomplish,” he added.
Barrasso argued that the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq had created the situation and said President Obama is responsible for unrest there and in other areas of the world because he is “projecting worldwide U.S. weakness.”