UK security chief: al-Qaeda 'plotting new mass attacks on West'

"A group of core al Qaeda terrorists in Syria is planning mass casualty attacks against the West," the head of Britain's security agency MI5, Andrew Parker, said in a rare public speech at MI5 headquarters in London.
In the speech, planned before the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris, Parker said seasoned al Qaeda militants in Syria aimed to "cause large-scale loss of life, often by attacking transport systems or iconic targets" in the West.