The FBI and the Pentagon said on Thursday that they did not know exactly how close the Khorasan group, an al Qaeda offshoot the U.S. bombed in Syria, was to an attack on the U.S.
The Obama administration had previously described the threat as “imminent.”
“It’s hard to say whether that’s tomorrow, three weeks from now or three months from now,” F.B.I. director James Comey told reporters, according to the Associated Press. “But it’s the kind of threat you have to operate under the assumption that it is tomorrow.”
“We don’t have complete visibility,” Comey said of Syria, but added that “what I could see concerned me very much that they were working toward an attack.”
Similarly, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said the U.S. did not know how close the group was to striking.