Obama Admin Confirms Some Americans Who Joined ISIS in Iraq Have RETURNED to US
The Obama administration inadvertently admitted that there have been Americans who left to join ISIS and fight in Iraq and have returned back to America.
During a briefing for reporters Monday in the ornate Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the Administration’s efforts to address the issue of so-called foreign terrorist fighters, the official said that the latest assessment from National Counterterrorism Center is that more than 100 Americans have attempted to fight in Iraq and Syria alongside ISIS or the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front.
“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,” the official said. “These are FBI matters, I refer you to them on specifics.”
It marked the first official government confirmation that at least some of the Americans fighting alongside the Islamist extremist group have returned to the U.S. As late as Monday morning, Secretary of State John Kerry said on MSNBC that “we have over 100 fighters there from America,” leaving out any mention of Americans who have returned.
I would feel safe knowing that the FBI is “looking at them,” if I wasn’t sure they’re looking at Tea Party extremists more, or are bound not to use religious extremism as a classification for investigation, or if the government could keep a crazed fence-jumper out of the White House, or if they had any willingness at all to protect us from extremists crossing our porous border.
But I don’t.