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US Intel chief: al-Qaida in Syria wants to launch attacks on Western countries

WASHINGTON--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.

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.

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