Chatting with a cybersecurity convention at Fordham College Wednesday, Comey predicted that ultimately crushing ISIS in its self-proclaimed caliphate in Syria and Iraq will doubtless end in dispersing terrorists elsewhere.
“Sooner or later there’s going to be a terrorist diaspora out of Syria like we have by no means seen earlier than,” Comey stated. “Not all the Islamic State killers are going to die on the battlefield.”
The FBI director’s warning that the collapse of the caliphate will imply elevated assaults in Western Europe and america mirrors a consensus amongst intelligence officers.
Comey in contrast it to the formation of al Qaeda, which drew from fighters who had been hardened and radicalized preventing the Soviet Union in Afghanistan within the Nineteen Eighties and early Nineteen Nineties.
“That is an order of magnitude higher than something we have seen earlier than” Comey stated. “A variety of terrorists fled out of Afghanistan… that is 10 occasions that or extra.
“We noticed the way forward for this menace in Brussels and in Paris (assaults earlier this yr).”
Within the final a number of weeks, there have been mass casualty killings at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida; the Istanbul airport in Turkey, a café in Bangladesh, a market in Baghdad, the Bastille Day celebration in Good, France; a protest in Afghanistan and on Tuesday, the homicide of an aged priest in Normandy, France, all carried out by ISIS fighters or within the identify of ISIS.
He notes that the fracturing of authority in Iraq, Syria and Yemen has produced an enormous migration of Muslims from these areas to Europe, which prompted reactionary political events there to rail towards them.
In France they reside in largely segregated communities the place youth unemployment can run as excessive as forty five%.
“Many French Muslims stay in grim banlieues, the suburbs of huge French cities (just like housing tasks in the USA), the place they discover themselves largely divorced from mainstream French society,” Bergen writes. “All these feed into ISIS’ narrative that Muslims are beneath assault by the West and in addition by the Shia in addition to by any Muslim who does not share their extremist ideology.”
One Western counterterrorism official predicted “a metastasis of terror because it turns into more and more troublesome for ISIL (one other acronym for ISIS) to carry on to core territories.”
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