US intelligence says ISIS WILL attempt attacks on the US this year as it emerges the terror group have made and used their own chemical weapons

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.

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