John Kelly Secretary for the Department of Homeland security said the US faces a high terror threat
Facing its highest terror threat in years, John Kelly confirmed the US is a “nation under attack”.
He said: “I tell you, without exaggeration, they try to carry out this mission each and every single day and no one can tell you how to stop it.”
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Speaking at George Washington University, Mr Kelly said the FBI has open terror investigations across all 50 American states.
“The threat to our nation and our American way of life has not diminished. In fact, the threat has metastasised and decentralised.
He continued: “We are under constant attack by a wide range of adversaries with an even wider range of capabilities.
“If you’re a terrorist with an internet connection, like the one on your ever-present cell phone, you can recruit new soldiers, plan your attacks and upload a video calling for jihad with just a few clicks.”
The Secretary claimed the main threats to the US are “more than bombs and guns” however, he warned there are cyber threats from both lone wolf attacks and state actors.
Throughout the discussion, Mr Kelly said the terrorists “employ drones to drop ordnance, and acquired experience on the battlefield that by all reports they are bringing back home”.
John Kelly speaking at George University
Mr Kelly said: “Experts estimate that perhaps 10,000 citizens of Europe have joined the caliphate in Syria and Iraq.
"Thousands more are from nations in Asia, Africa and the Western Hemisphere."
The news comes after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson questioned whether North Korea should have been removed from a US list of state sponsors of terrorism.