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Danish intelligence: al-Qaida could grow as IS weakens

COPENHAGEN — Danish intelligence officials say al-Qaida "still has ambitions to attack the West," adding that support for the extremist network may increase as the Islamic State group weakens.

Finn Borch Andersen, head of Denmark's Security and Intelligence Service, says al-Qaida's capability primarily lies in North, West and East Africa and in Yemen but the network has also "a significant presence" in Syria that may pose a threat to the West.

Borch Andersen says foreign fighters who have left Syria and Iraq represent "a terror threat" but added access to Europe is "restricted by increased security measures," such as border controls within the European Union.

In the agency's terror threat assessment for Denmark, presented Friday, he said the threat to the country remains significant and "is primarily posed by militant Islamism."

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