The Islamic State simply inspired the deadly assault by two men on an exhibit of cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed near Dallas last week, CIA veteran Michael Morell says. But it's only a matter of time before the jihadist group is likely to be in a position to direct more elaborate 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," the kind of attack al-Qaeda launched on 9/11, Morell told USA TODAY. So far, U.S. efforts haven't been effective in countering the Islamic State's success in recruiting hundreds of American converts, he says, "and we're not effective at it because it's very hard to do." More.