FPI 2013 Forum Cited in the Washington Times

The Washington Times’ Kristina Wong writes:

Al Qaeda affiliates fighting against the Syrian regime are now debating when to launch attacks outside the country’s borders, according to a senior U.S. lawmaker.

“They’re talking about conducting external operations, which is exactly what happened in Afghanistan, which led to 9/11,” said Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Mr. Rogers said the jihadists are developing a safe haven along the Iraqi border in eastern Syria, where they feel safe enough to turn to targets outside the country.

“The only thing we think is stopping it now is the fact that there is this struggle between al Qaeda core leadership saying, ‘hold off, don’t do it yet’,” he said at the 2013 Foreign Policy Initiative Forum on Tuesday.

“So in order words, let this cauldron go, try to secure some area in the east, and then we’ll start and begin planning for external operations,” he said.

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