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Gen. Flynn: ISIS Likely Has a Leadership Structure in the U.S.


UNITED STATES – APRIL 18: Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, prepares to testify at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Dirksen Building titled “Current and Future Worldwide Threats,” featuring testimony by he and James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

In a recent interview, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Michael Flynn warned that there may already be an ISIS leadership structure the United States. He also stated that the only way to succeed against them in the Middle East is to put troops on the ground.

“When I first heard about the recent attacks in Paris, I was like, ‘Oh, my God, these guys are at it again, and we’re not paying attention,'” Flynn said in a Spiegel Onlineinterview that was posted Sunday. “The change that I think we need to be more aware of is that, in Europe, there is a leadership structure. And there’s likely a leader or a leadership structure in each country in Europe. The same is probably similar for the United States, but just not obvious yet.”

Flynn said in an interview with al Jazeera in August that the rise of ISIS — an insurgency of Salafists, Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood which now threatens the United States — was a “willful decision” of the Obama administration.

Asked how the West should fight the


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