Suspicion of terror in Russian jet crash raises questions for Obama
Friday, 06 November 2015 - 9:15
Indications that ISIS or an affiliated terror group took down a Russian airliner over Egypt don't just raise the possibility of one of the worst terror attacks since September 11, 2001.
They also represent a possible turning point in what is now a generational battle against terrorism: ISIS may have made the decision to escalate from military operations aimed at creating a caliphate in Iraq and Syria and inspiring followers to stage isolated terror attacks on the West to attacking soft, civilian targets in mass casualty strikes.
President Barack Obama said Thursday it's possible a terrorist bomb brought the plane down.
"I think there's a possibility that there was a bomb on board," Obama said in an interview with Dave Ross of CBS News affiliate KIRO in Seattle.
He said the current intelligence isn't definitive enough to say exactly what felled the aircraft and noted that security procedures in place in the region were different than in the United States.
"We're going to spend a lot of time just making sure our own investigators and own intelligence community find out what's going on before we make any definitive pronouncements," he said. "But it's certainly possible that there was a bomb on board."
The disaster, which killed more than 200 mainly Russian civilians on a flight from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, also presents the United States with a new flurry of complicated security, diplomatic and political questions.