WASHINGTON D.C. (Worthy News)-- The United States fears that al-Qaeda affiliated groups are plotting to bring down commercial airliners with sophisticated and advanced bombs that can bypass airport security with the help of Western jihadists with U.S. or European passports returning from the Middle East.
The concerned was raised at a top-level debriefing of intelligence officials at the White House last week.
Specifically, U.S. officials learned that associates of the al Qaeda affiliate in Syria -- the Al Nusrah Front -- and radicals from other groups were teaming up with elements of the Yemen-based group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which built such innovative devices as the "underwear bomb" that ultimately failed to detonate in a plane over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009.
Bolstered by more recent intelligence, U.S. analysts believe the "subset" of extreme terrorists in Syria could be looking to down a U.S.- or European-bound plane, with help from one of the thousands of Americans and other foreign fighters carrying U.S. and European passports who have joined Al Nusrah Front and other groups in the region.
Intelligence obtained by the U.S. government, however, has not indicated a specific target or a specific timeline. -- Source