Flynn helmed the Defense Department's intelligence arm from 2012 to 2014, but reportedly left after being pushed out of his post concerning disagreements with the White House about the prosecution of the anti-Daesh campaign.
Flynn was one of Trump's closest advisors during the presidential campaign and has been a key asset in forming Trump's security policies during the transition.
He was previously thought to be in the running for defense chief, but a U.S. legal regulation prohibits his appointment due to a requirement that any defense chief be out of the military for seven years before assuming the Pentagon's top spot.
Flynn wrote an article in which he stressed the importance of Turkey's role in the region and advocated for FETÖ ringleader Fetullah Gülen's extradition to Turkey. He said the issue was one of the key points of contention between Washington and Ankara
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