Top US official warns of European jihadist sleeper cells

A top US intelligence official has warned that the Islamic State group is operating sleeper cells in Britain, Germany and Italy, an ongoing concern for Washington’s European allies.

US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper made the comments at a meet the journalist breakfast organized by the Christian Science Monitor on Monday, The New York Times reported.

Pressed as to whether or not IS was involving itself in secret activities in those countries, Clapper responded: “Yes, they do. That is a concern, obviously, of ours and our European allies.

“We continue to see evidence of plotting on the part of ISIL in the countries you named,” he added, using an alternative acronym for the jihadist group that has overrun large swaths of Syria and Iraq.

According to the report, since the November 2015 Paris attacks, which killed 130 people, and then again after the Brussels bombing attacks last month that claimed 32 lives, the US has ramped up its intelligence “from a variety of technical and human resources” to European allies. The US has also offered to help European countries develop methods of sharing intelligence between their national agencies and close off “porous borders.”

Last month Britain’s most senior counterterrorism police officer warned of the risk of further “spectacular” attacks by IS as it trains its sights on “Western lifestyle” targets.

Full article: Top US official warns of European jihadist sleeper cells (The Times of Israel)

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