Who and where are they? Like illegal aliens, Muslim jihadists are apparently free to come and go as they please. via White House: Some Islamic State fighters have returned to U.S. – Washington Times.
White House officials said Monday that some Americans who have fought alongside the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria and Iraq have returned to the United States.
“It includes those who’ve gone, those who’ve tried to go, some who’ve come back and are under active — the FBI is looking at them,” a senior White House official told reporters.
It was the first time U.S. officials confirmed that at least some Americans fighting alongside the Islamist extremist group have returned to the U.S. It’s believed that at least 100 Americans have gone to the Middle East to join the terrorist group.
If the WH says 100, it’s much higher.
In a little-noticed speech last week, one lawmaker said as many as 40 radicalized Americans have returned to the U.S. after fighting with the Islamic State.
Mr. Obama will preside at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council this week to lobby foreign leaders to join a U.S.-led coalition to fight the Islamic State. One measure he’s seeking is tighter visa restrictions to prevent some would-be militants from traveling to Syria and Iraq.
Security analysts say the biggest threat from the group are those Americans who are able to travel to Syria and Iraq and train directly with Islamic State jihadists.
“The threat is primarily from the current U.S. passport holders that have been able to make it out of here,” said Dafna Rand, deputy director of studies at the Center for a New American Security. “The secondary threat is to stop the pipeline of Americans that want to go fight there.”
Ms. Rand pointed to a CNAS report she wrote that found the Islamic State is treating foreign fighters differently than other extremist organizations. Where groups such as al Qaeda would often use foreigners as suicide bombers, the Islamic State is instead viewing them as something much more valuable: citizens who can return to their own nations to start terrors cells and plot attacks.
Various intelligence officials usually place the estimate at less than 100 Americans who have traveled to join the Islamic State, usually crossing over the Syrian border through Turkey, which has been coming under increased international pressure to prevent such crossings.
The question is why did it take a citizen videotaping a congressman more than a week ago for the White House to admit Muslim jihadis have returned to the U.S.? via Dem Rep: 40 American ISIL Fighters Have Already Returned to the United States (note: Dem rep is a dhimmi making excuses for Islam)
Rep. Tim Bishop (D., N.Y.) warned during a recent speech that up to 40 radicalized U.S. citizens who have fought alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) have already returned to the United States, where they could pose a terrorist threat.
Bishop claims that of the 100 or so Americans who have traveled to the Middle East to join ISIL’s ranks, some 40 have returned and are currently being surveilled by the FBI, according to his remarks, which were filmed and uploaded to YouTube last week.
“One of the concerns is the number of U.S. citizens who have left our country to go join up with ISIS,” Bishop said during the speech. “It is believed there have been some number up to 100 that have done that.”
“It is also believed that some 40 of those who left this country to join up with ISIS have now returned to our country,” Bishop said, eliciting shocked responses from some in the crowd.
These 40 individuals, Bishop said, “are under FBI attention and surveillance. So they are known and being tracked by the FBI.”
Better to let them go and then confiscate the passport. Once they have made the ideological leap to killing Americans, it’s too late. Not letting them go is akin to trapping a rat in a corner.
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