Ex-US Intelligence Chief on Islamic State's Rise 'We Were Too Dumb'

Without the Iraq war, Islamic State wouldn't exist today, former US special forces chief Mike Flynn openly admits. In an interview, he explains IS' rise to become a professional force and how the Americans allowed its future leader to slip out of their hands.
Islamic State fighters in Raqqa, Syria: "The sad fact is that we have to put troops on the ground. We won't succeed against this enemy with air strikes alone."

Islamic State fighters in Raqqa, Syria: "The sad fact is that we have to put troops on the ground. We won't succeed against this enemy with air strikes alone."

Foto: Uncredited/ AP/dpa
US General Mike Flynn: The Iraq war "was a huge error."

US General Mike Flynn: The Iraq war "was a huge error."

Foto: Tom Williams/ AP
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