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Gaza war may stoke 'generational' terrorism threat, top intel official says

The top U.S. intelligence official on Monday warned that the war in Gaza could embolden terrorist groups, which are aligned in their opposition to the United States for its support of Israel.

"The crisis has galvanized violence by a range of actors around the world. And while it is too early to tell, it is likely that the Gaza conflict will have a generational impact on terrorism," Avril Haines, the director of national intelligence, told an annual hearing on global security threats.

The Oct. 7 attack on Israel by Hamas has inspired fresh threats to the United States by al-Qaeda and Islamic State-affiliated groups, Haines said, while Iranian-backed militant groups have used "the conflict as an opportunity to pursue their own agenda" against the United States. "And we have seen how it is inspiring individuals to conduct acts of antisemitism and Islamophobic terror worldwide," she added.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2024/03/11/cia-israel-gaza-ukraine-ai/

 

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