Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani says recent calls for lone-wolf terror attacks in the West are a larger concern than organized efforts by established terrorist groups.
"The lone wolves worry me more, because they're harder to follow, they're harder to track. It's harder to get intelligence," Giuliani said Monday on CNN's
"The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
The Islamic State
(ISIS) on Sunday called for lone-wolf attacks against civilians in the United States and any country planning to aid the U.S. in air or ground attacks against it.
"When you have things like . . . this ISIS leader saying, 'Go off and do your own thing,' nobody has to communicate with anybody," said Giuliani, mayor of New York during the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the security challenge is the most difficult.
But while the United States seeks to build a coalition to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Giuliani says he also doesn't like the idea of having Iran join the effort against ISIS.
Cooperating with Iran in the ISIS fight would be "a very big mistake," Giuliani said.
Republicans have opposed talks being held by the White House with the Iranian government over its nuclear program, which Iran says is strictly for nuclear power plants. Many critics think that is merely a front for a nuclear weapons program.
"In the long run, Iran may even be a bigger threat than ISIS," Giuliani said.
He added that ISIS may be less dangerous than the hype about the group, but he also said U.S. intelligence on it isn't as good as it is on al-Qaida.
He also said ISIS has done itself no favors by alienating more of the world than al-Qaida has. It has committed atrocities condemned in some cases even by al-Qaida, including beheadings, crucifixions, mass shootings, rapes, and kidnappings.
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