(CNN) - The U.S. intelligence community now believes two key terrorist operatives targeted by the United States in the opening night of attacks in Syria are still alive and could be actively plotting, multiple officials tell CNN.
The operatives are key members of Khorasan Group, the al Qaeda affiliate entrenched in Syria that the United States has declared poses a great risk to American national security. One official with direct knowledge of the latest U.S. assessment said the working assumption now is that both Muhsin al-Fadhli, the leader of the group, and David Drugeon, a French jihadist and key member, who is believed to be a skilled bomb-maker, are alive. The United States does not know with certainty if they are injured.
An intelligence analyst with knowledge of the intelligence tells CNN "its 99.5% certain" they are alive.
Kaci Hickox, the nurse forcibly quarantined in New Jersey after returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa is back in Maine where now she refuses to quarantine herself at home.
Maine officials want Hickox to stay at home until she passes the 21-day mark from the last time she was in contact with Ebola patients.
Hickox says she has twice tested negative for Ebola and feels it's reasonable for her to self-monitor but there's no need to stay home in quarantine.
"I don't plan on sticking to the guidelines," Hickox said on the "Today Show." "I remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced on me."
Hickox is going even further by hiring a high-profile attorney who has told officials they have till Thursday to change their position. If they try to force his client to comply, he says they'll take them to court.
A battle of words broke out over the weekend between Kaci Hickox, who returned home from Ebola-ravaged West Africa only to be ordered into quarantine, and Republican governor Chris Christie. The nurse told CNN that her "basic human rights have been violated" and that Christie himself was responsible.
CDC officials stopped short of issuing nationwide quarantine rules, instead issuing new guidelines that set levels of risk for returning travelers - guidelines to help those states that are currently monitoring travel from West Africa.
But, should health care workers coming from West Africa be quarantined?
In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Dr. Rick Sacra says a mandatory quarantine would be a 'disincentive' for people to travel to West Africa to treat Ebola patients.
The nurse in the middle of a national firestorm over Ebola quarantine rules is Ebola-free and left New Jersey for her home in Maine.
But Kaci Hickox was forced into quarantine by New Jersey governor Chris Christie after she returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone is not going home quietly. She's threatening to sue Christie and says he knows nothing about medicine.
Christie is not backing down and says he's not sorry.
"She needs to understand that the obligation of elected officials is to protect the public health of all the people and if that inconvenienced her for a period of time, that's what we need to do to protect the public," Christie says.
CNN's Miguel Marquez has more OutFront.
The governors of New York and New Jersey announced a mandatory quarantine for anyone returning from West Africa who had direct contact with an Ebola patient.
This comes as Dr. Craig Spencer, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in New York City, is now in stable condition. His fiancée and two other friends are all under quarantine.
Officials are now tracing all of Spencer's movements since he returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea.
Jason Carroll is OutFront with the report.