THE West is facing the dual threat of ISIS and al-Qaeda as the terror cults plot their comebacks to launch attacks on the free world, US officials say.
Both extremist groups are reportedly rebuilding in Syria and Afghanistan as the globe battles the Covid pandemic.
ISIS militants are smuggling £100million into Syrian jails packed with brainwashed fighters ready to bust out and create the second incarnation of the caliphate, US officials say.
Meanwhile al-Qaeda is regaining power in Afghanistan under the protection of the Taliban along the border with Pakistan.
According to the Mirror, the group’s leader Ayman Zawahiri may have forged a close relationship with the Taliban – an Islamic fundamentalist group which is still waging war against western forces.
The US Treasury believes Taliban groups have discussed joining forces with militants funded by al-Qaeda – the sick group which carried out the 9/11 attacks on American soil.
This is despite Donald Trump’s administration claiming to have brokered a peace deal with the Taliban last year.
The resurgence of ISIS and al-Qaeda reportedly increases the threat of major terror attacks on Western countries.
Officials in Washington have also highlighted the threat of the Islamic State – and their sprawling financial network which stretches around the globe.
The terror group uses “logistical hubs in Turkey” which are being used by ISIS maniacs to move cash between countries, the US Treasury says.
These money transfers, which utilise couriers, are also happening between Syria and Iraq – where the so-called caliphate was established.
Some of the cash is filtered into al-Hawl – a giant camp in north east Syria which houses former members of the Islamic State.
Nearly 100 financial brokers have been designated as terrorists by Washington in a bid to smash the evil financial network.
Still, with followers around the globe, ISIS is still able to circulate money particularly in Asia and Africa, it has been reported.
This comes after twin suicide bombers killed dozens of people in Iraqi capital Baghdad last week.
ISIS quickly claimed responsibility for the attack which left more than 100 injured and showed the resurgence of the death cult in the country.
In late-2019, regional experts warned that said the terror group is rapidly rebuilding in Iraq after being transformed into “Al-Qaeda on steroids”.
Intelligence officials told the BBC that the group’s presence in the country has become a sophisticated insurgency – after they lost their foothold in northern Iraq in 2017.
And earlier this month, police in Indonesia uncovered footage of jihadis training to murder westerners alongside the terrorists behind the Bali bombings.
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The videos were discovered by police on a laptop recovered from a recently arrested terror suspect.
Members of the Al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) organisation have recently been arrested giving cops new insights into how the group train fighters.
In 2002, a total of 202 people were killed when JI launched attacks on two Bali nightspots that were packed with tourists.