US Intel chief: al-Qaida in Syria wants to launch attacks on Western countries
APWASHINGTON--The Syrian militant group tied to al-Qaida, the al-Nusra Front, wants to attack the United States and is training a growing cadre of fighters from Europe, the Mideast and even the U.S., the top U.S. intelligence official told Congress on Wednesday.
January 31, 2014, 8:01 pm TWN
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate Intelligence Committee that such al-Qaida groups in Syria have started training camps “to train people to go back to their countries” — one of the newest threats emerging in the past year to U.S. security. He said “al-Nusra Front, to name one .... does have aspirations for attacks on the homeland.” Clapper didn't elaborate or offer any evidence of al-Nusra's desire to attack the U.S.