October 30, 2014

Awesome: Foreign Fighter Pouring into Syria "Faster than Ever" (Guest Post by R. Shackleford)

Hi, it's me again, Rusty Shackleford. You may remember me as the guy in the comments who once kicked Greyrooster in the balls.

I saw this report and was so spookified that I thought I'd pass it on:

The rate of travel into Syria [by foreign fighters] is greater than we saw into Afghanistan prior to 9/11,” Randy Blake, a senior strategic advisor in the U.S. Office of Director of National Intelligence, said Tuesday during a panel at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference in Orlando, Florida. “It’s greater than anything we’ve seen into Afghanistan, into Yemen, into Somalia, into Iraq, or anything that we’ve seen in the last 10-year period.”

Blake said the number of Westerners heading to Syria to fight has risen so rapidly in recent weeks that a new law enforcement video shown at the four-day event is already out of date.

“The video said there are somewhere around 12,000 foreign fighters in Syria. We would update that number to about 16,000 foreign fighters who have traveled to Syria from over 80 countries,” Blake said, adding that roughly 2,000 of those fighters hail from Western countries -- including "at least 500 from the U.K, 700 from France, 400 from Germany, and more than 100 Americans [who] have traveled, or tried to travel into Syria.”

It's a good thing that we have a competent administration in the White House, one that doesn't craft it's security & counterterror policies based on polling numbers. If that were the case, this would be really really scary.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:56 AM | Comments |