Intel Believes 300 Americans Fighting with Islamic State, Posing Threat to U.S.

Maggie Ybarra, Washington Times, August 26, 2014

The U.S. government is tracking and gathering intelligence on as many as 300 Americans who are fighting side by side with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and are poised to become a major threat to the homeland, according to senior U.S. officials.

Officials say concern is widespread in Washington that radicalized foreign fighters could return to the homeland and commit terrorist attacks with skills acquired overseas, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the information. Those concerns were heightened by the disclosure Tuesday that a California man was killed fighting alongside militants with the group, also known as ISIS.

The U.S. government is doing its best to keep track of the foreign fighters, who have been shifting back and forth between Iraq and Syria, according to a senior U.S. official.

“We know that there are several hundred American passport holders running around with ISIS in Syria or Iraq,” the official said, offering a figure well above widespread reports of about 100 such fighters. “It’s hard to tell whether or not they’re in Syria or moved to Iraq.”

The State Department did not respond to a request for the number of Americans traveling in Iraq and Syria.

Supporters of the Islamic State group have worked to cultivate anxiety in the United States over the threat they might pose domestically.

Among photographs posted to Twitter in recent weeks is one that shows the Islamic State flag unfurled in front of the White House at night. Another photo taken in front of a high-rise building in Chicago features the message: “We are in your state. We are in your cities. We are in your streets. You are our goals anywhere.”

The Secret Service is investigating the incident in front of the White House, and the FBI and Department of Homeland Security last week issued bulletins to local law enforcement agencies urging them to be alert but not identifying any specific threat.

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“You’re no longer fighting an insurgency. We are an Islamic army and a state that has been accepted by large number of Muslims worldwide,” [American journalist James] Foley’s executioner said. “So effectively, any aggression towards the Islamic State is aggression towards Muslims from all walks of life who has accepted the Islamic caliphate as their leadership. So any attempt by you, Obama, to deny the Muslims their rights of living in safety under the Islamic caliphate will result in the bloodshed of your people.”

The threat of radical jihadists returning to the United States is “a new hazard” for the Department of Homeland Security, said retired Army Maj. Mike Lyons, a senior fellow with the Truman National Security Project and a CBS Radio News analyst. As a result, the department must plan for a future where the jihadists leave their Middle East battlefield and trickle back to America, he said.

“If these people have been identified, there needs to be a discussion with regard to how and when they are allowed back in the U.S.,” he said.

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Obama administration officials believe the threat capability of the returning jihadists is limited to small attacks. The foreign fighters are expected to lack the conspiracy planning and organization necessary to commit a larger attack like the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.

But Maj. Lyons suggested the foreign fighters overall present a greater long-term danger to the United States than al-Qaeda.

“Unlike the 9/11 terrorists, who worked as a team and [carried out] a plan over the course of years, individuals returning from Syria are likely a greater risk to be either lone wolf suicide bomber-type attackers or organizers/recruiters for cells who will conduct a more complex attack than a suicide bomb,” he said.

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The British government issued an urgent appeal to the public Tuesday to help police identify “aspiring terrorists” who may be preparing to strike the West as officials work to confirm whether the man seen in the video executing Foley was a British citizen.

“They may be about to travel abroad, have just returned or be showing signs of becoming radicalized,” said Mark Rowley, a top British counterterrorism official. “We appeal to the public to help identify for us aspiring terrorists. High-priority operations, especially against those involved in attack planning or on the cusp, have increased greatly.”

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  • MekongDelta69

    Intel Believes 300 Americans Fighting with Islamic State, Posing Threat to U.S.

    But NoBama doesn’t…

  • Roninf9

    Of course he has allies in the USA. Uncle Scam, NATO, and Saudi Arabia have been arming and financing ISIS, a.k.a. Al Qaeda 2.0, a.k.a. Syrian “rebels” for the past three years to overthrow the secular government of Syria and, before that, Libya in the ongoing effort to smash the sovereign nation-states of the Middle-East on the road to the NWO global authoritarian government.

  • Easyrhino

    Any US citizen one who joins ANY foreign military should automatically forfeit their US citizenship and that includes those signing up with the military of our “special friend”.

    • ElGringo

      In case you haven’t noticed US citizenship isn’t worth anything anymore.

      • Pro_Whitey

        Agreed. Dzokhar (“Joker”) Tsarnaev became a “U.S. citizen” just about 7 months before helping his brother bomb the Boston Marathon.

        In other news, Ron and Rand Paul have come out against bombing ISIS in either Iraq or Syria because we might be killing Americans without a warrant or conviction or wrongdoing. (I think that’s sarcasm, but I fear it will come true.)

    • Zimriel

      Can’t argue with that.

    • I did, 23 years ago.

  • MoMo

    It doesn’t matter. Our President will posture, threaten, then back off to study the situation, get all of facts — can’t be too careful, can’t shoot from the hip, can’t have unlimited involvement, and can’t let running a government interfere with a round or two or three or four, five, six………….. or thirty of golf.

    Within a week our second correspondent will have his head chopped off with the proper release to the INTERNET. I expect it to come during the President’s upcoming fund raising visit. The way things stand now the correspondent will be dead this time next week.

    Then the President will come out swinging with great hominids such as: “American have long memories and we will get those who harm Americans.” Really Mr. President? Ever hear of the “Peter Principle?”

    MoMo

  • IKUredux

    Gee, wait a minute. I thought the greatest terrorism threat to this country was White people. You know: patriots, ex-military, tea party members, etc. Sigh. For once I wish the government right on the assessment of the threat White people presented.

    • OS-Q

      A Vietnam vet once explained to me how he was trained to make a tank-killing IED.The burning heat from the blast could be felt from 700 meters away, on the other side of a hill. It was so absurdly simple that I am too afraid to post specifics how. I am not aware of any terrorists using this technique despite having both the resources and manpower to do so.

      Could middle-easterners build a plane to crash into our buildings? Could they design an AK-47, figure out the chemical composition of C4, or even manufacture a decent box cutter? Everything they use against us is supplied to them, bought with tributary oil money or stolen. Besides, despite Lutheran Social Services best efforts, most ME terrorists aren’t here, like US Veterans are.

      • A good read on the subject is the “U.S. Army Improvised Munitions Handbook”, ISBN 978-1-61608-384-7. The original publisher was the US Department of the Army, so you, the taxpayer paid for these techniques to be developed at Frankford Arsenal.

  • Steven Williams

    All non-whites living in the US is a dangerous threat to the US. We should kick them out immediately.

    • ElGringo

      “We” cant do anything because we’re lorded over by something worse than non-Whites, that being Marxist globalist scum.

  • Guest

    Here are some options —>

    1.)

    The most effective measure is to prevent them from re-entering the US or Europe. Halt them at the boarder (or airport) with guns drawn, if necessary.

    Many of these individuals destroy their passports in symbolic hatred of the West.

    If they hate the West then let them stay in the Caliphate.

    2.)

    Frankly, though… my first instinct is to deprive them of their American and European citizenship as soon as it becomes clear that they are engaging in operations in Syria and Iraq. This rule should apply to militants who travel to Somalia as well.

    Immediate de-naturalization upon realization that they are missing and immediate detainment once they return. Their return to the United States should be accompanied with mandatory prison time, or a visit to Gitmo for.. err…. debriefing.

    If they are found to have participated in atoricities in Syria or Iraq, they should be prosecuted for war crimes.

    3.)

    If they manage to sneak back in successfully, these individuals should be deported immediately, with a one way ticket.

  • The Verdict of History

    1.)

    The most effective measure is to prevent them from re-entering the US or Europe. Halt them at the boarder (or airport) with guns drawn, if necessary.

    Many of these individuals destroy their passports in symbolic hatred of the West.

    If they hate the West then let them stay in the Caliphate.

    2.)

    Frankly, though… my first instinct is to deprive them of their American and European citizenship, which should never have been issued in the first place. This rule should apply to militants who travel to Somalia as well.

    Immediate de-naturalization upon realization that they are missing and immediate detainment once they return. Their return to the United States should be accompanied with mandatory prison time, or a visit to Gitmo for.. err…. debriefing.

    If they are found to have participated in atoricities in Syria or Iraq, they should be prosecuted for war crimes.

    3.)

    If they manage to sneak back in successfully, these individuals should be deported immediately, with a one way ticket.

    • Dale McNamee

      # 3 should read : ” If they manage to sneak back in successfully, these individuals should be killed immediately…”

    • adplatt126

      Every terrorist attack by a mad Muslim is both a propaganda victory for our cause and helps to further destabilize the national government, thereby aiding our cause.

  • Dale McNamee

    From the article : ” The U.S. government is tracking and gathering intelligence on as many as 300 Americans who are fighting side by side with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and are poised to become a major threat to the homeland, according to senior U.S. officials.”

    If we know this, why aren’t we tracking them down & killing them ?

    • ElGringo

      Why? It’s because they’re too busy tracking Constitutionalists, gun owners, veterans, or anyone else opposed to their sick one world marxist agenda.

    • Cid Campeador

      Good question. Probably for the same reason that we can arrest horrific domestic criminals but recoil in horror at the thought of killing them despite how many people THEY killed.
      Vanessa Coleman who aided and abetted her peeps in the sexual and other atrocities committed against Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom is going to get parole.
      Letalvus Cobbins and LeMaricus Davidson are still eating and working out on the dime of the TN taxpayers.

  • You have to guess that the 300 are a few blacks who became muzzies, but that most of them are swarthy Middle Eastern types admitted to the US via the immigration laws. The law should allow them to be charged with treason, and if convicted be sent to prison, and then deported.

    • ElGringo

      Your penalty sounds weak and besides there is no rule of law in this country.

    • ATBOTL

      So far, most of the Americans we know about fighting with al-Qaeda type groups have been blacks.

    • Cid Campeador

      Bigone,
      I agree with your first statement concerning the origins of these PsOS. However your theory on their punishment is much too kind. In the 21st Century kindness is weakness. They should be either killed in action or if captured, shot on the spot.
      The truth is that we should be deporting every last Muslim in this country. It’s entirely too risky to attempt to sort them out.

  • Martel

    This number would indicate an underrepresentation of American Muslims compared to Dutch, British, French and Australian Muslims. The actual figure is likely twice as high, at the very least.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    One such American, Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, originally of San Diego, was killed over the weekend in Syria, his uncle told CNN.

    The body and passport of Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, originally of San Diego, California, was discovered by members of the Free Syrian Army after he was killed in a firefight with the group.

    McCain?

    Is this him with his uncle??

    His body should NOT be allowed back into this country, I don’t care HOW powerful his father is

    //extreme sarc.

  • Jim

    “Intel Believes 300 Americans Fighting with Islamic State, Posing Threat to U.S.”

    —-

    And nobody has the faintest idea how they got here.

  • disqus_irCdmAu8It

    Will the DOJ protect these militants?

  • needless to say their citizenship MUST be revoked and
    barred from reentering the US under any circumstances..

    • Cid Campeador

      There should be a total ban on immigration by anyone from Muslim countries.
      Let’s accept the Afrikaner farmers who are being slaughtered in Mandela’s Paradise.

  • Islamist must go !

  • adplatt126

    The government won’t let the people keep them out (Federal supremacy), then it won’t let them keep them out of their communities (civil rights), and then once they’re here, they explode bombs so as to blow up our children. Seems to me the government is as much an enemy of the people as the terrorists. Terrorists are just random idiots. The government has a systematic plan.

  • Annabelle Pettyjohn

    When I hear the word American, I think of white Americans; after all in this country every one is hyphenated- Americans except whites. So we are the “Americans”. Why doesn’t the newspapers hyphenate when Multiculturalist behave badly? When blacks kill they are called Americans, when Muslim kill, they are called Americans; when they do something good they are hyphenated.

  • Cid Campeador

    iF they know who these parasites are. Nullify their citizenship. If they return they should be tried for treason and forthwith executed.

  • Cid Campeador

    They’ll be engaged in killing any Lebanese Maronite Christians who live in Canada.

  • mikefromwichita

    ‘Americans’? Nah, islamicist foreigners brought to the USA under Bush II for training.

  • Annabelle Pettyjohn

    a good example of our legal immigration system at work. This is the result of the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965. The beginning of the end for America, our America. We are now living in a time where it is dangerous to be white. Our world is controlled by the multicultural system created by the this odious law.

  • Havin Nunavit

    These people are NOT Americans. That’s a load of hooey.

  • evilsandmich

    That number isn’t nearly high enough, I’m sure that we could empty our prisons with volunteers who don’t mind going over to that hole and unwittingly dying in some sandpit over there.

  • none of your business

    Another non american resident of minnesota has been found dead in the same battle the San Diego black American died. He was a somalia muslim brought to Minnesota by the Lutheran Church. He was 29 years old. He was the father of 9 scum on welfare. Unfortunately his genes live on.

  • scutum

    I keep trying to tell people that the real enemies of the traditional American nation are not in Iraq, Syria, China, Russia and Iran. The enemies of the traditional American nation are in Washington DC, and New York City. ISIS and the drug cartels wouldn’t exist without the complicity of the politicians and intelligence agencies in our government, and the bankers on Wall Street. SEE THE FOLLOWING BOOKS: “The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia” and “The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global drug Trade”. Both of these books were written by Alfred W. McCoy and can be obtained from Amazon. I read The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia when I came back from Vietnam. The second book; The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global drug Trade is an update of the first book that was written in the nineties. I don’t think its any secret that large amounts of drug money have been, and are being, laundered through American banks.

    • LIBERTYSINCURSION

      “I don’t think its any secret that large amounts of drug money have been, and are being, laundered through American banks” – You’re absolutely right my friend. If you remember back in the early/mid 1980’s there, entirely coincidentally of course, were massive banks springing up in Miami at the rate of 1 a week. “Hmmmm, I wonder why” – said Pablo Escobar who once again, entirely coincidentally had much of his money laundered through American banks in Miami.

      You know, if my Government hadn’t already assured me and my fellow Americans that such “conspiratorial nonsense” was merely coincidental. I very well may have wondered if the fact that the American banking system has become addicted to drug money. Has anything to do with our Government’s inability to stop the drugs from entering the U.S. and arresting the major traffickers. Yet have no problem in filling our prisons with the low level American citizen dealers and users? Nah,, I’m sure that’s all just coincidental, like everything else concerning the drug trade.

      Oh, and ugh,,, I can’t remember if I told you that it’s all just a coincidence or not,, sooooo,, yeah,,,,, it’s uh,, it’s just a coincidence!

  • none of your business

    The Netherlands is now cancelling the passports of those who are known to have joined terrorist groups to prevent reentry. One doubts the UK, France. Germany, Australia and certainly,certainly not the ben dover suicidal USA will do this. No doubt they are still getting their disbility, general assistance, EBT food cards etc, And of course their 2,000 sq ft 4 bedroom section 8 homes are waiting for them when they return, probably newly painted and carpetted.