US Officials: Imminent Threat Terror Cell Had Not Chosen Specific Airline, Time or Country to Strike

US Officials: Imminent Threat Terror Cell Had Not Chosen Specific Airline, Time or Country to Strike

Tuesday on NBC’s “Nightly News With Brian Williams,” network justice correspondent Pete Williams reported on the al Qaeda splinter group, the Khorasan Group’s imminent threat of an attack, which the Obama administration had used as legal justification to bypass Congress for it’s air strikes in Syria on Monday night.

Pete Williams said, “Officials stress they do not believe a specific airline, flight, time or country had been chosen.” 

“It’s a threat the U.S. has been nervously watching for weeks,” he said. “A powerful explosive hidden in an electronic device carried on board a passenger plane and set off in flight. Officials say recent intelligence indicated the Khorasan terror group was setting off bombs in Syria to test the design, moving closer to an actual attack.”

“Officials stress they do not believe a specific airline, flight, time or country had been chosen. Recent chatter also discussed trying to put explosives in toothpaste or clothes, but electronics has been the big concern. since July, passengers flying to the U.S. have had to demonstrate that their devices, most especially laptops, would power up,” Williams added.

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