By Rebecca Shabad - 06/22/14 12:04 PM EDT
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) on Sunday warned that extremists’ training grounds in Iraq are more pronounced than those in the lead-up to 9/11.
“I would say the vacuum, the training ground, the state they’re creating in Syria and Iraq is far surpassing what we saw before 9/11 in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” McCaul said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“They’re so extreme that core al Qaeda, Zawahiri has denounced them for their tactics,” McCaul said. Ayman al-Zawahiri is al Qaeda’s current leader.
McCaul said ISIS is the “number-one threat to the homeland,” since so many foreign fighters have poured into the region with legal travel documents.
“This is a major threat to the security of American people on American soil,” he said.