U.S. senator says Hizbullah, Egyptian Islamic Jihad could attack American targets
Islamic groups like Lebanon’s Hizbullah and Egypt's Islamic Jihad could be planning to attack the United States and may be more able to do so than Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network, the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman said on Monday.
"Our enemy is not al Qaeda alone," Sen. Bob Graham said on NBC's "Today" show. "There are several international terrorist groups which have abilities, in some cases greater abilities than al Qaeda and a similar desire to attack the United States."
"Groups like Hizbullah, the Egyptian Islamic Jihad" were two organizations with the capability and wish to assault the United States, said the Florida Democrat.
Neither group has been linked directly to activities on U.S. soil, and such an attack would represent a major change in their tactics.
Graham said in a separate CNN interview that he was "almost certain" another attack would take place within three to five years. He said he was especially concerned about security at the nation's seaports and mentioned a recent instance of 25 "extremists" who had entered the United States.
"(They) jumped on ships outside the United States, hid in the container cargoes until they got to the United States and then disembarked and they've been lost in the American population," he said. (Albawaba.com)
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