Defeating the Islamic State and stopping future terrorist attacks like Belgium can only be done with strong intelligence, former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik told Newsmax TV
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"The success or failure for us in fighting this enemy is all about intelligence," Kerik, who commanded the city's forces on 9/11, told host J.D. Hayworth on the "America Votes: 2016" special in an interview.
"The bad thing here is Belgium, the European nations, the countries surrounding Belgium — they knew that there was an eminent attack. They knew that, but they were unable to stop it.
"They didn't have enough intel to figure out who they were, where they were, what they were doing — and this is in the aftermath of taking down the mastermind of the Paris attacks," he added, referring to Salah Abdeslam, who was arrested last week near Brussels.
"The key is intelligence. Our state, local and federal authorities have to be communicating. We have to be working with those abroad.
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