Islamic State overtakes al Qaeda as leader of extremist movement: U.S. official

October 8, 2015 2:46 PM

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Islamic State overtakes al Qaeda as leader of extremist movement: U.S. official

WASHINGTON The Islamic State militant group has overtaken al Qaeda as leader of the global violent extremist movement and has access to a large pool of potential recruits in Western countries, U.S. national counter terrorism center chief Nick Rasmussen said on Thursday.

In congressional testimony, Rasmussen also said counter terrorism experts still regard al Qaeda's Yemen-based affiliate AQAP as big threat due to its interest in attacking the United States and airplanes. In addition, FBI chief James Comey said U.S. investigators are aware of dozens of U.S.-based Is...

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