‘They want to take down aircraft, the intelligence is clear on that’
Isis and other Islamist terror groups are still plotting to bring down a plane in a similar attack to 9/11, Donald Trump’s acting secretary of homeland security has warned.
Elaine Duke said jihadists were using lower level plots, such as knife or vehicle attacks, to raise money and keep their members engaged.
“The threat is still severe,” Ms Duke told an event at the US Embassy in London, describing Isis as being in an “interim” period as it focuses on a bigger endgame.
“The terrorist organisations, be it Isis or others, want to have the big explosion like they did on 9/11,” she said, the Daily Mail reported. “They want to take down aircraft, the intelligence is clear on that.
“However, in the interim they need to keep their finances flowing and they need to keep their visibility high and they need to keep their members engaged, so they are using small plots and they are happy to have small plots.”…