The former deputy chief of the CIA has said “would not be surprised” if Al-Qaeda succeeded in carrying out a terrorist attack on a flight between the UK and the United States “tomorrow,” he warned in a new book.

Morell, who was instrumental in the US’s response to the 9/11 attacks, has outlined his beliefs that the terrorist group has the capabilities to carry out such an attack that would leave hundreds of people dead, or one that would see radicals carry out attacks on the ground in the US.

“To put it bluntly, I would not be surprised if al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) tomorrow brought down a US airliner travelling from London to New York or from New York to Los Angeles or anywhere else in the United States,” he wrote in his new book, The Great War of Our Time, The Telegraph reports.

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