US Spy Chief: Secret ISIS Cells Hidden Throughout Europe

Says US Working Closely With European Allies

During comments this morning, US Director of National Intelligence reported that the US believes ISIS has “secret cells hidden throughout Europe” that could potentially launch terror attacks against cities across the continent.

The comments hardly felt revolutionary, after ISIS attacks in Paris and Brussels in the past several months, and indeed most reporting out of the area seemed to be operating under the assumption that ISIS still has significant active presences across Europe.

Clapper, however, said the matter is a “concern,” and insisted that the US is continuing to share intelligence with European allies on the matter, to try to reduce the chances of ISIS attacks. This, however, appeared unable to prevent either the Paris or Brussels attacks.

Clapper conceded that the US doesn’t have a “total picture” of ISIS operations in Europe, and that ISIS is mindful of being targeted by the intelligence community, which has made ISIS more interested in secrecy. Clapper appeared to blame Edward Snowden for this, saying Snowden’s revelations have escalated the use of commercially available encryption worldwide.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.