Al Qaeda could begin to threaten the United States within one to two years, American intelligence officials have warned.
The estimated timeframe was given by Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier, who leads the Defense Intelligence Agency, during an intelligence and national security summit on Tuesday.
“The current assessment probably conservatively is one to two years for al Qaeda to build some capability to at least threaten the homeland,” Berrier said, according to the New York Times.
CIA deputy director David Cohen said the US had already detected “some of the indications of some potential movement of al Qaeda to Afghanistan.”
He added that it was difficult to give a timeline on when al Qaeda would “have the capability to go to strike” the US before being detected.
The warnings from the two intelligence officials follow similar cautions issued prior