Al-Qaeda’s mounting presence in Iraq may lead to an attack on US soil within the next three years, a new intelligence report finds. The group’s Iraqi affiliate is building resources, animating Sunni extremists, and recruiting new members. The document also says that Hezbollah and non-Muslim radical groups pose a threat.
The White House rebuffed criticism that it intentionally released the findings as the Senate debates next steps on the Iraq war. The report—representing the most authoritative written judgments of 16 different spy agencies—goes on to warn that waning levels of international cooperation could stall future efforts to combat terrorism. (Read more Sunni extremism stories.)