U.S. intelligence agencies earlier this month uncovered new evidence that al Qaeda-linked terrorists in Benghazi are training foreign jihadists to fight with Syria’s Islamist rebels, according to U.S. officials.
Two Syrian al Qaeda-affiliated rebel groups this week called for terror attacks against Syrian civilians in retaliation for the mass killings by nerve gas near Damascus, according to U.S. officials.
Counterterrorism experts fear that Syria is emerging as the world’s most alarming terrorist threat as thousands of foreign jihadists stream in to fight President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the New York Times reports.
Jihadist groups are increasingly turning to American social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to disseminate videos and statements, communicate with their followers, and recruit new members, rather than using private online forums, according to a new report released Tuesday.
Thousands of foreign terrorists traveled to Syria over the past several months to wage jihad, or holy war, in what U.S. officials say is fast becoming a new international terror training ground.
Americans and Europeans have been joining al Qaeda-affiliated groups in Syria in increasing numbers, causing concern that these Western radicals could attempt to carry out terrorist attack on the United States upon returning home, experts told Congress Wednesday.