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A former top military official to President Obama said Tuesday that the White House overlooked reports that warned about the growth of the Islamic State because it complicated the administration's re-election "narrative."

"I think that they did not meet a narrative the White House needed. And I'll be very candid with you, they just didn't," retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told CNN.

Flynn described an administration that was more concerned with the president's image and ensuring Americans had no reason to believe pulling U.S. troops from Iraq made the region vulnerable to other extremist groups. They purposely reemphasized Osama bin Laden's death and al Qaeda's fleeting presence in the country.

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