Security experts warn about possible ISIS targets in the US

WASHINGTON, DC (WOAI) - President Obama has been meeting with his security team about the capabilities of the Islamic State and what the group may be planning next.

Some security analysts are warning improvements to this country's infrastructure should not be ignored.

After the brutal killing of two American journalists by fighters with the Islamic state, the question on the minds of many: What's next?

For Frank Gaffney with the Center for Security Policy, the federal government should be thinking bigger, like our entire electric grid.

"Unfortunately, there's a lot to evidence that enemies of this country have figured out that if you attack that very vulnerable grid, they could cause cataclysmic damage to the American people," Gaffney said.

Gaffney says the "domino effect" of an attack on the electric grid could reach all corners of the country and be deadly.

"Water requires power, food requires power, transportation requires electricity, finance, telecommunications," explained Gaffney.

With millions of people using public transportation every day in this country's big cities, experts warn underground tunnels and trains may be another potential threat.

"Right now ISIS's primary means of attack against the west is almost certainly an urban warfare style of attack," Daveed Gartenstein-Ross of the Foundation for Defending Democracies told us.

Gartenstein-Ross says ISIS still is very limited in its capability, especially when compared to the terrorist attacks of 9-11.

"ISIS does not have the same capabilities that Al Qaeda did back then," said Gartenstein-Ross.

"Plus we've really hardened our defenses, which makes carrying out a spectacular attack more difficult. We should be vigilant, we don't need to be afraid."

At least he says, not yet.

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