Former deputy director of the CIA Mike Morell warned Sunday that “over the long term — two and a half, three years — we need to worry about a 9/11-style attack by ISIS.”
Appearing Sunday on CBS’ “Face The Nation,” Morell broke down the radical Islamic terror group’s short and long-term threats to the United States.
“I think there’s three things we have to worry about,” he said. “Two are short-term, one is long-term.”
“The two short-term pieces are number one: will they inspire somebody here to conduct an attack?” Morell asked. “The second is that there are a number of Americans, a number of Canadians and a number of West Europeans who went to Syria to join ISIS to fight with them. Any one of those could be directed back to the United States to conduct a small-scale attack.”
“Over the long-term — two and a half, three years — we need to worry about a 9/11 style attack by ISIS,” the former deputy intelligence director cautioned.
His comments echo those made by the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward on Sunday, who noted that ISIS’ resources dwarf those possessed by al-Qaida when they killed nearly 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11, 2001. (RELATED: Bob Woodward Raises Specter Of New 9/11 With ISIS)