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It's been almost 15 years since the 9/11 attack and former FBI and CIA operatives think the United States is at an increased risk for yet another 9/11 terrorist attack.

As factions grow between ISIS, Al Qaeda and the Taliban it is creating a deadly environment to U.S. national security.

According to Brian Fairchild, who was with the CIA for 20 years,the threat level is as great or even greater than before the 2001 attacks.

Fairchild said,

"Right now, al-Qaida, under Zawahiri, needs the Khorasan group or some affiliated group to attack the U.S. again like 9/11 in order to lift up his stature and that of the organization, He doesn't want something small but something big – a big-scale attack like 9/11 to make him relevant again. This is an extremely dangerous time as Islamic State, al-Qaida and the Taliban fight and compete for dominance."

Former Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn had this to say about the current threats:

"Despite many years since 9/11, our enemies in the now Islamic State still see anniversaries as important times to stage attacks, and regardless of how far away we get from the original attack against America in 2001, our need to remain vigilant on this coming anniversary is as high as it has ever been. We have had more than sufficient warnings from our FBI in the past few weeks and months. Our nation must never back down from these vicious murderers."

These aren't the only people in the intelligence community who are showing grave concern.
Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas says the threat has continued to evolve since the 2001 attack.

"Since the 9/11 attacks we've seen the spread of jihadi ideology and the vacuum created under failed states," McCaul said. "ISIS in Syria and Iraq is an example of that and the growth of the jihad movement has increased exponentially. Islamic State has enormous reach through the Internet and its dark space that allows the group to conduct and plan operations, it is an area that leaves most of law enforcement and the intelligence community in the dark and its difficult, if not impossible, to combat…We call it terrorism gone viral. Bin Laden had cadres and couriers but with the Internet, they can radicalize thousands of fighters in a matter of minutes."

Fairchild claims that our governments attempts to stop these threats have failed.

"If you look at the world today there are sanctuaries all across the world. ISIS and al-Qaida affiliates are all over the world, in Yemen, Sinai, Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan and North Africa to name a few. The very premise of our counterterrorism policy has failed and our domestic security is being directly threatened."

The death of Mullah Omar, a highly revered figure amongst the various terror organizations has created a competition amongst the various extremist groups for power. This in turn has greatly increased the threat to the United States.

"Mullah Omar's death could present opportunities for other terrorist organizations to recruit disenchanted Taliban members; create splinter groups who may seek peace settlements with the Afghanistan government; or possibly incentivize the Taliban to continue its fighting efforts," said a U.S. intel figure on the condition of anonymity.

The threat of another 9/11 "has increased since the rise of ISIL and intelligence agencies are monitoring it closely," he said.

h/t: US News And World Report

 

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