Al Qaeda On Rise In Syria – Has ‘marriage Of Convenience’ With Iran

The nation’s top intelligence adviser told Congress on Thursday that Al Qaeda “is extending its reach into Syria” — possibly with Iran’s help.

In a rare public admission, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Al Qaeda and the Iranian regime have a “shotgun marriage, or marriage of convenience.” More significantly, given the series of attacks this week linked to Iran, Clapper said Tehran appears to see Al Qaeda as an insurance policy — a “surrogate or proxy” — against future Western aggression.

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