Homegrown extremists probably will “continue to pose the most significant Sunni terrorist threat to the U.S. homeland in 2016,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a summary for Congress of the perils facing the nation globally.

Threats from Islamic State, or ISIL, are likely to “continue to involve those who draw inspiration from the group’s highly sophisticated media without direct guidance from ISIL leadership” as well as “individuals in the United States or abroad who receive direct guidance and specific direction” from the terrorists, Clapper said.

Clapper’s far-ranging prepared testimony also cited Iran’s support for terrorism and the development of offensive cybersecurity capabilities by Russia, China and North Korea. His summary of the annual “Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community” was obtained by Bloomberg News in advance of delivery Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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