Terror Threat to U.S. Airports Said to Grow as al-Qaeda Rebounds

The threat to U.S. airports from terror groups such as al-Qaeda and Islamic State is expected to grow because of instability in parts of the Middle East and Asia, a former high-ranking intelligence official said Thursday.

The focus on fighting Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has allowed al-Qaeda and its offshoots to “rebound” in countries including Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan, said Michael Morell, former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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  • Blind Druid

    Number of TSA employees fired for stealing from passengers’ luggage – 400
    Number of terrorists caught – Zero.

    • Watchman

      That’s only because the terrorists are afraid they will have their bombs stolen from their checked luggage, and thus arrive embarrassingly safely at their destinations.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Trump has replaced ISIS with “radical Islamic terrorism” as the focus of his national security concern. Al Qaeda hasn’t gotten the shift in tone yet.

    • Will Quest

      IS {Islamic-State} is far from being the first or only incarnation of wildeyed islamism … Ultra-conservative, uber-orthodox Islamic revivalists are a dime a baker’s dozen in Islamic traditions, throughout the centuries, the Islamic holy-jihad was a legacy of forced conversions , imperialism and slavery. Even in this the 21st century, militant political Islam continues to gain traction in the world’s failed Islamic states, spreading with calamitous results . The Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood , Al-Queda, Boko Haram, al-Shabab, Wahhabis of Saudi Arabia , Pakistan’s Jamaat e-Islami ,the mujahideen { holy warriors} of Kashmir,India, Thailand, Philippines , ISIS in Kosovo and Europe , Gaza’s Hamas, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Syria’s rebel fighters, Bangladeshi Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, ISIS and its sycophants in the West , the list is long……. From Afghanistan to Zanzibar violent holy-jihad is on the march. Islamists viciously vying to be recognized as the genuine Islam . The divinely inspired arbiter of who is or isn’t a true Muslim , what’s the authentic sharia and what is the authoritative holy-jihad that will implement the sharia worldwide . The narratives of ideological supremacy weaves tales, a thousand and one tales , of totalitarian submission , the ideology ruled by a bloody-iron-fist.
      Pluralism dies in Islamic states , states just a few blood-curdling Allahu-Akbars away from mass internecine, sectarian carnage.
      IS is no mere collection of ideological psychopaths, they are extremely pious and read the koran in a literal and passionate manner. These religious zealots remain insatiable in their genocide against non-Muslims & Muslims seen as not Muslim enough . IS and it’s various mutations through the centuries , follow a distinct uber-fundamentalist flavour of Islam, a Saudi Arabia without a state .