Ex-CIA chief says ISIL can soon execute 9/11-style attacks in US

The former director of the US Central Intelligence Agency warns the ISIL terrorist group is likely to be in a position to execute 9/11-style attacks on American soil that could result in mass casualties.

“If we don’t get ISIS under control, we’re going to see that kind of attack,” Michael Morell told USA TODAY, referring to the attacks of September 11, 2001.

US efforts haven’t been effective so far in countering ISIL’s success in recruiting hundreds of American citizens, Morell said. “And we’re not effective at it because it’s very hard to do.”

Morell retired from the CIA in June, 2013 after serving 33 years at the spy agency, including as deputy director and as acting director twice in 2011 and from 2012 to 2013.

“They today have the ability to bring down an airliner in the United States,” Morell says. “If that happened tomorrow, I would not be surprised.”

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