In a panel interview on Fox News' DEFCON 3 program, Burton, who is also a former U.S. State Department counterterrorism agent, says he can recall "working cases in Egypt years ago and you would have a tremendous amount of cooperation ... and one thing that frightens me today is I’m not so sure that same kind of liaison exists."
“There’s nothing about ISIS that makes them uniquely suited to endure as an informal state. They’re not better equipped to hold their territorial holdings than either al-Qaida in the past, or militant groups we’ve seen spring up in the Middle East or North Africa over the last decade,” says Michael Nayebi-Oskoui, a senior Middle East analyst with Stratfor.
Up to now, the U.S. training has typically focused on Shiites and Kurds. "In many ways, it's a continuation of the same thing," said Scott Stewart, a terrorism and security analyst at the global intelligence firm Stratfor. "It's an expansion of the training, and in a logical direction with Sunnis."
"We are not going to see any major break in these heavily Sunni areas in Iraq until the U.S. is able to get the Sunnis back on board. And that is also going to involve some arm-twisting on the Shia leadership in order for them to give a little bit to the Sunnis,” said Stewart, vice president of tactical analysis at Stratfor.
Stratfor's vice president of intelligence and former counterterrorism agent Fred Burton discusses the U.S. State Department's "Rewards for Justice" program he helped create in 1984, and how it's being used today to hunt down leaders of ISIS.