Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C, on Saturday issued a warning saying that it is likely that the next 9/11 attack could emanate from Iraq and Syria, asking the government to take steps to curb the advance of the Islamic militants towards Baghdad.
"We need air power immediately to stop the advance toward Baghdad," Graham said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday.
He added that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are on course to gain control of the entire northern half of the country.
The ISIS is an offshoot of al Qaeda. The group is now planning to launch similar assault in Jordan and Lebanon.
The South Carolina senator added that the ISIS could plot the next 9/11 attacks. He expressed fear that the seeds of 9/11 are being planted all over Iraq and Syria. Graham added that the group is threatening to target the US and they are not hiding their agenda. They want an Islamic caliphate.
For his part, US President Barack Obama said on Friday that the US troops will not return to Iraq but he has asked the national security team to "prepare a range of other options."
The president added that any U.S. action will have to be accompanied by a "serious and sincere effort by Iraq's leaders to set aside sectarian differences."
Former Obama National Security Adviser Tom Donilon said that airstrikes should not be considered a panacea. He added that the US needs to have a military plan and it needs to be coordinated with the rest of your efforts.