FBI Director James Comey has issued a stark reminder of the threat toward US national security by confirming that the Syrian al-Qaeda are planning an attack on American soil.
The Khorasan, which is al-Qaeda’s affiliate in the country, has repeatedly been targeted by the coalition’s attacks in both Iraq and Syria. Comey has now told CBS’ 60 Minutesthat he believes the group are currently working on a plot to attack either the US or one of its allies, which includes the United Kingdom.
“Khorason was working and may still be working on an effort to attack the United States or our allies, and looking to do it very, very soon. I can’t sit here and tell you whether their plan is tomorrow or three weeks or three months from now. Given our visibility, we know they’re serious people, bent on destruction. And so we have to act as if it’s coming tomorrow.”
Comey explained that the terrorist groups, who are based in both Syria and Iraq, are well trained and able to plan an intricate, intelligent attack. He admitted that the US is more prepared to deal with an attack than before 9/11 though, thanks to the virtue of intelligence sharing between nations and increased border protection, which has exponentially helped to increase security.
“We are organized as an intelligence community. We’re better organized and equipped at the border. We have relationships with our foreign partners. All of which makes us better able to see dots and connect dots. The transformation since 9/11 is striking”
According to International Business Times, Mary Habeck wrote for the SITE Intelligence Group over the weekend that the Khorasan is incredibly strong as it “is resilient and growing, and not the near-spent force suggested by some experts. It is, in fact, not too much to say that not only is [Al Qaeda] not dead, it is resurgent.”
She also explained how they might attack one of the allied countries. Habeck wrote that Al Qaeda members have now joined Khorasan, and they have not only stockpiled various bombs, but they have also paid undetectable Westerners who will be able to carry out terrorist attacks in either the US or Europe.
Over the last few months, President Obama and his administration have launched numerous strikes against Syria and Iraq as an attempt to attack the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
The Islamist butchers in ISIS have killed thousands of Iraqi soldiers and civilians, forced hundreds of thousands of Yazidi, Shia Muslims and Christians into exile, destroyed many irreplaceable historical monuments including the Tombs of Daniel and Jonah, blown up dozens of ancient Churches and beheaded four Westerners in disgusting videos that they uploaded to the internet.
ISIS also continues to insist that they will attack countries across Europe and the US to impose their deranged version of an Islamic Caliphate on the entire world while converting all non-Muslims and killing anyone who refuses.
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