McCaul confident ISIS bomb downed Russian airline, compares tragedy to 9/11 attacks

by  |  published on November 9, 2015

Texas GOP Rep. Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Sunday he’s convinced that an Islamic State bomb recently took down a Russian airliner, comparing the incident to the 9/11 terror attacks and calling for tightened U.S. security.

“All indicators are pointing to the fact that it was ISIS putting a bomb on an airplane,” McCaul told “Fox News Sunday.” “I have a high degree of confidence. It’s been my gut (feeling) all along. … This is comparable to 9/11 for” Russia.

McCaul said he’s basing his conclusion in large part on intelligence reports, ISIS’ declaration of war on Russia and flight data recovered from the plane, which officials say recorded a “loud bang” before the Oct. 31 incident.

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