US: Very likely IS directed the Paris attacks
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the U.S. Senate intelligence committee says there's a "strong likelihood" that the Paris attacks were directed, rather than just inspired, by the Islamic State group in Syria.
Senator Richard Burr, a Republican from North Carolina, also said Tuesday it was likely the attack plotters in Syria, Belgium and France used encryption to hide their communications from authorities. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the committee, endorsed Burr's comments. The two spoke to reporters after a classified intelligence briefing.
The comments were the strongest public attribution yet by American officials. CIA director John Brennan said Monday that the attacks in Paris bore "the hallmarks of terrorism carried out" by the Islamic State.
Burr says the Islamic State group has a presence in 30 countries and poses a threat that is harder to handle than the one posed by al-Qaida.