ISIS and al Qaeda are allegedly combining forces. Additional reports claim ISIS plans to begin creating its own money to “change the tyrannical monetary system that enslaves Muslims.”

Wounded ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Bagdad now denies any injury and is encouraging henchmen to “erupt volcanoes of jihad.”

Leaders from both terrorist organizations claim they met in a farmhouse, called a truce, and decided to gang up on the rest of the world.

For the first time, a Senior Intelligence Official commented on the reports. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper discussed whether ISIS and al Qaeda have joined forces in Syria. He did not appear overly concerned.

“We don’t see that,” he said. “There have been tactical accommodations on the battlefield, on occasion, where local groups have united in the interest of a tactical objective, but broadly, I don’t see those two uniting, at least yet.”

Other American officials are likewise showing minimal concern. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress that headway has been made against the terrorists since September.

“We are seeing steady and sustainable progress along DOD’s two main lines of efforts,” Hagel said.

However, American defense is not entirely discounting the threats.

“As you know, last week, the Defense Department announced we will expand the support to Iraqi forces by deploying up to 1,500 additional military personnel,” Hagel told legislators.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, added during the same hearing that the U.S. would consider sending a limited force to support Iraqi troops.

“I’m not predicting at this point that I would recommend that those forces in Mosul and along the border would need to be accompanied by U.S. forces, but we’re certainly considering it,” Dempsey said.

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