By Dan Taylor
In March of 2013 – several months prior to the Syrian gas attacks that helped spark the current mid-east unrest – Intelligence Chief James Clapper testified to Congress that Al-Qaeda was no longer a major threat to the United States. Clapper told Congress that Al-Qaeda was unlikely to carry out “complex, large-scale attacks in the West” because the terrorist group was severely weakened.
Now, Al-Qaeda has again emerged as a bogey man, due mostly to western influence. According to CIA director John Brennan, Syria and surrounding regions have become a training ground for terrorists. “We are concerned about the use of Syrian territory by the Al Qaeda organization to recruit individuals and develop the capability to be able not just to carry out attacks inside of Syria, but also to use Syria as a launching pad” Brennan told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence….READ