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There’s some fret­ting, and talk of a “false nar­ra­tive,” mean­while. The House Home­land Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee has gar­nered the likes of for­mer law­mak­ers Joe Lieber­man and Jane Harman plus re­tired U.S. Army Gen. Jack Keane for a hear­ing this week about the spread of al Qaeda, the wor­ri­some ex­pan­sion of Is­lamist ex­trem­ism and the di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of ter­ror­ist groups abroad.

“Pres­i­dent Obama’s nar­ra­tive fails to re­flect the re­al­ity that al Qaeda is not on the run, but is in fact grow­ing in strength at an alarm­ing rate across the Mid­dle East and North­ern Africa,” says Rep. Michael McCaul, Texas Repub­li­can and com­mit­tee chair­man, who cites re­newed fight­ing in Iraq and civil un­rest in Syria in par­tic­u­lar.

“We must take an hon­est look at the dan­ger to the home­land from the spread of ex­trem­ism. Con­tin­u­ing to down­play the ter­ror­ist threat en­dan­gers our abil­ity to de­feat it, and this hear­ing will ex­am­ine the con­se­quences of the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s coun­tert­er­ror­ism rhetoric,” Mr. McCaul adds.

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