- James Comey said the Al Qaeada veterans are ‘bent on destruction’
- Suggested that they are working on an attack directed at US and its allies
- Said people with American passports who have joined extremists can return
- They are powerless from stopping them even though they’ve been identified
The Director of the FBI has warned the Khorosan terror group will strike the US ‘very very soon’ and says Americans fighting alongside militants in Syria cannot be stopped from returning home.
James Comey said the unit of Al Qaeda veterans are ‘bent on destruction’ and are believed to be working on an attack directed at the United States or its allies.
However he assured the public by saying changes made since 9/11 mean the security services are ‘better in every way that you’d want’ and have the systems in place to quash any threat.
Speaking on CBS 60 Minutes, he confirmed that there are around a dozen American citizens fighting in the Middle East for the extremist groups, and the government is aware of who they are.
The interviewer Scott Pelley asks: ‘How many Americans are fighting in Syria on the side of the terrorists?’
‘In the area of a dozen or so,’ Comey replied.
‘Do you know who they are?’
Comey answers: ‘Yes.’
Discussing the US fight against terrorism, Comey added that the terrorist networks within Syria as a sophisticated ‘metastasis’ of Al Qaeda
Khorosan, a small group of Al Qaeda veterans from Afghanistan and Pakistan, was targeted in strikes near Aleppo, Syria, last month. Senior U.S. officials have not said whether the group’s plots have been disrupted.
Comey said: ‘Given our visibility we know they’re serious people, bent on destruction.’
In the CBS interview, Comey also discussed the U.S. fight against terrorism. He described the terrorist networks within Syria as a sophisticated ‘metastasis’ of al-Qaida.
He said the Khorasan Group, an al-Qaida cell in Syria that was targeted in military strikes last month, was ‘working and, you know, may still be working on an effort to attack the United States or our allies, and looking to do it very, very soon.’