Returning ISIS Jihadists Pose Long, Uncharted Challenge

For months now, Western counterterrorism experts have sounded the alarm: as ISIS loses ground, foreign fighters from America and Europe may try returning home. When they do, the experts cautioned, they will carry the terror threat with them, ready and willing to strike. Law enforcement needs to be prepared.

Now, with the fall of the Iraqi city of Harija, the Islamic State’s last major stronghold, and the impending collapse of its Syrian capital, Raqqa, the time has finally come. But is law enforcement prepared?

Not really.

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  • Dana Garcia

    Traveling abroad to fight in an enemy army should erase any western citizenship wrongly bestowed.

    In other words, this isn’t “home.”

    • (standing ovation)

    • Watchman

      There are well intentioned people who have travelled overseas to defend Israel or to fight against the genocide of the Yazidi people. What about them?

      There are others who still have citizenship of another country inherited from their parents even though they were born here and their parents immigrated illegally. Sometimes these people are grabbed and forced to serve in the military of their parents origin. What of them?

      • Minicapt

        Let them eat cake.

        Cheers

      • Dana Garcia

        The “enemy army” designation is noted.

  • They don’t have to return.

  • pike bishop

    I don’t trust or believe anyone who calls them self a counter-terrorism expert. They would seem, at best, amateurs who are getting their lunch money stolen.

  • canminuteman

    There is no problem at all. Don’t let them come back. If they try, kill them. If you want to make it all legal like. charge them with treason and then kill them.

  • tom_billesley

    But they were there to study the koran or for humanitarian relief work, weren’t they?

  • simus1

    Treating muslim massive insurrection and muslim massive subversion overlaid with muslim massive criminality as a “law enforcement problem” is a cowardly and financially impossible policy doomed to failure.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    This is not a law enforcement problem. This is war and has to be fought accordingly.