Sen. Lindsey Graham: The Next 9/11 Is Coming from Iraq

By Melanie Arter | June 16, 2014 | 11:32 AM EDT

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R.-S.C.) (AP Photo)

( – Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) predicted on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday that the next 9/11 will come from Iraq.

“According to our own national-- director of National Intelligence, FBI director, the next 9/11 is coming from here,” Graham said. “I think it’s inevitable. The seeds of 9/11s are being planted all over Iraq and Syria. You don't have to believe me. This is what they're telling you they're going to do,” said Graham.

As reported, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) announced in January in an audio message that it plans to move on Baghdad and be “in direct confrontation” with the United States. CIA Director John Brennan testified in February that the group could develop the capabilities to “use Syria as a launching pad” to carry out attacks on the West.

According to Graham, ISIS is “not hiding” its agenda.

“They want Islamic caliphate that runs through Syria and Iraq. They're going to take the king of Jordan down, because he's an infidel in their eyes as much as we are and they plan to drive us out of the Mideast by attacking us here at home,” the senator said.

“Syria is a launching pad, and it's all come together. We need air power immediately to stop the advance toward Baghdad. If the central government in Iraq collapses – and that's the goal of ISIS – Iran will own the southern part of Iraq. That's where the Shias live. They can operate ISIS from Baghdad to Kurdistan, all the way into Syria,” he said.

ISIS “will eventually march on Jordan and Lebanon,” Graham said. “Our best ally in the region is the king of Jordan, and they will attack us from that part of Iraq and Syria.”