House Intelligence chair reveals terror threat ‘more immediate’ than ISIS
America may be facing a terrorist threat it hasn’t seen since Sept. 11, 2001, a leading lawmaker warned Sunday, in the form an Islamist group determined once again to “bring down airplanes.”
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that former disciples of al-Qaida and 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden are regrouping in Syria under the name Khorasan. He warned their plans may pose an even “more immediate” threat to the U.S. than the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.
“Al-Qaida always has been on … an immediate path of conducting Western attacks. We shouldn’t forget it,” Rogers told host Bob Schieffer. “That’s more immediate [with] this … Khorasan group. We described it as deployed al-Qaida operatives who were engaging with al-Qaida and the Arabian Peninsula to develop a terror plot to bring down airplanes. They haven’t lost that interest in doing it.
“That means it’s serious,” Rogers continued. “They have … capability, financing and people. All of that’s dangerous.”
Fellow “Face the Nation” guest Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., confirmed Khorasan as a legitimate threat, lumping the terror cell together with ISIS and Yemeni bombers as major groups that “affect our national security.”
“Each one of these is capable one day, some sooner than later, of a strike against our country,” Feinstein said. “This is not a good situation.”