By Theodore Shoebat
Forty Americans who went to go fight for ISIS in the Middle East have already returned home and are now already in your midst, in the United States, in your backyard. We read from a very recent report:
Up to 40 radicalized US citizens who have fought alongside terrorists of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) have already returned to the United States and could pose a real terrorist threat, says Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.).
Of the hundred or so Americans who have traveled to the Middle East to join the Islamic State’s ranks, some 40 have returned and are currently being surveilled by the FBI, Bishop said in a recent speech.
“It is not yet a threat to the homeland, but there is a concern that it could metastasize in such a way that it could become a threat,” he warned.
The lawmaker also expressed concert that jihadist fighters could clandestinely enter the United States through the porous southern border.
However, US officials with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other security agencies have said that while the southern border poses a real risk, they are more concerned about lone wolf attacks in which an isolated radicalized individual sympathizing with IS carries out a solo terror attack.
“There have been Twitter, social media exchanges among ISIL adherents across the globe speaking about that as a possibility,” Francis Taylor, under secretary for intelligence and analysis at the DHS, told senators during a recent hearing.
Other US officials have also discussed the possibility of Islamic State sympathizers carrying out an attack on the United States.
“We remain mindful of the possibility that an ISIL-sympathizer—perhaps motivated by online propaganda—could conduct a limited, self-directed attack here at home with no warning,” Matthew Olsen, director of the US National Counterterrorism Center, said in a speech earlier this month.