FBI Chief: Defeating ISIS Would Lead to ‘Terrorist Diaspora’ in West

FBI Chief: Defeating ISIS Would Lead to ‘Terrorist Diaspora’ in West | Likens situation to post-Mujaheddin Afghanistan, but ’10 times that or more’

Speaking at a conference today, FBI Director James Comey warned that the “eventual defeat” of ISIS would be causing a major problem in and of itself, creating a large “terrorist diaspora” throughout the West because “not all of the Islamic State killers are going to die on the battlefield.”

This is a somewhat different presentation of a long-standing problem, and the term “diaspora” is a bit of a misnomer, since the ISIS fighters in question are in great measure from the West in the first place, which is why going back to their countries of origin is not just possible, but comparatively simple.

With Western recruits joining ISIS by the thousands, there has always been concern of what happens when those fighters return home with a bunch of new skills and ties to international terror. The trickle-back would be greatly accelerated, of course, by ISIS being defeated outright.

Comey likened it to the post-Mujaheddin situation in Afghanistan around 1989-1990, which led to the formation of al-Qaeda and a huge influx of seasoned Islamist fighters into conflicts the world over. Comey warned this situation would be “10 times that or more.”

At the same time, Comey sought to assure the conference that Western Europe was a lot more at risk than the US was from this, reflective of the much larger number of recruits from countries like France into ISIS. At the same time, it’s not difficult for a citizen of an EU member nation to visit the US or anyplace else for that matter, meaning this influx is going to be able to go more or less wherever they want.

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  • Observer

    So what Mr. Comey? Should Syria and Iraq continue to suffer from the US-KSA-Israhell funded head choppers?
    The police of the countries where these terrorists came from (were send and recruited from) should detain these people and charge them in front of war crime courts and/or help them to escape this by secret services invented perverse version of “Islam”. Period.

  • RickR35

    Oh, is that why a good part of the government is more interested in supporting IS than in fighting it? Some more of the “over there so we won’t have to here” nonsense. I guess any excuse to aide IS will do.

  • Oh, good, so let’s not defeat ISIS. Right?

  • tika

    In other words, defeating ISIS would lead us to where we’re at now.

  • dahoit

    IsUS,AlnUSrA,and AlCIAda,explain it all.

  • TellTheTruth-2

    Comey lost his credibility and the right to speak when he PARDONED Hillary Clinton and SCREWED the American people out of the justice we deserve. Now he protects the CIA and their asset, ISIL. If we want to defeat ISIL we only have to cut the funding to the CIA and the insanity they spread over the earth when they created ISIL because they were mad Obama refused to bomb Syria after they did their “Assad gassed his own people” false flag. But, to their chagrin, we’re seeing LONE CRAZIES acting out the insanity they created when they created the monster called ISIL. Shame on Obama for not stopping them. Hopefully Trump would stop them and the best way to get rid of them (hopefully) is to elect Donald Trump as President of the USA.