Category Archives: ISIS

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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Round-Trip Tickets: How Will Authorities Know When Foreign Fighters Have Returned?

Now that the Islamic State’s caliphate is collapsing in Iraq and Syria, Europe is bracing for an influx of foreign fighters attempting to return home to their respective countries of origin. Many of the Islamic State’s European cadres have a criminal past, and tracking and arresting them in the criminal underworld will be vital for preventing potential attacks and longer-term counterterrorism success.

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Europe’s Worst Nightmare May Be Coming True As ‘Hundreds’ Of ISIS Fighters Seek To Come Home

Returning foreign fighters to Europe are of deep concern to Western intelligence agencies, who fear some will not have renounced Jihad and will pursue terrorist operations at home. Worse, many of the fighters will have combat skills, weapons, or explosives experience which could be put to good use.

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Has Europe been infiltrated by another ISIS cell?

On Wednesday and Thursday, police in a Paris suburb arrested three men who were in possession of explosives. A construction worker raised the alarm after seeing suspicious materials through the window of an apartment belonging to one of the suspects. French authorities say the men were planning attacks on banks and had been talking with someone in Syria.

Coming just two weeks after the terror attacks in Barcelona, these arrests suggest there might be an undetected Islamic State cell operating on European soil. The possibility has to be considered for a number of reasons.

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