US intelligence says that ISIS will attempt attacks on the United States
Leaders of the Islamic State are determined to strike targets in the United States this year, according to senior U.S. intelligence officials.
Officials told lawmakers on Tuesday that a small group of violent extremists will attempt to overcome the logistical challenges of mounting such an attack.
In a testimony before congressional committees, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and other officials described the Islamic State as the ‘pre-eminent terrorist threat.’
The militant group can ‘direct and inspire attacks against a wide range of targets around the world’, Clapper said.
Marine Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said the Islamic State will probably conduct additional attacks in Europe and then attempt the same in the U.S.
He said U.S. intelligence agencies believe IS leaders will be ‘increasingly involved in directing attacks rather than just encouraging lone attackers.’
Clapper also said al-Qaida, from which the Islamic State spun off, remains an enemy and the U.S. will continue to see cyber threats from China, Russia and North Korea, which is also ramping up its nuclear program.
North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could begin recovering material for nuclear weapons in weeks or months, Clapper said in delivering the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the country.
Clapper said that Pyongyang announced in 2013 its intention to refurbish and restart nuclear facilities, to include the uranium enrichment facility at Yongbyon and its plutonium production reactor, which was shut down in 2007.
He said U.S. intelligence had assessed that North Korea has expanded Yongbyon and restarted the plutonium production reactor there.
Source: Daily Mail