Confirmed: ISIS Fighters Have Returned To The US From Syria And The FBI Are Looking For Them

Last week, The Washington Free Beacon reported that Rep. Tim Bishop (D., N.Y.) warned in a speech that up to 40 radicalized U.S. citizens who have fought alongside ISIS had already returned to the United States.

Today via Time - confirmation. During a news briefing with reporters, an Obama Regime official said that a number of these radicalized fighters have indeed returned to the United States.

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, the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front or other groups.

“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.

Last week, Democrats in the Senate blocked Republican efforts to seize the passports of Americans fighting with terrorists overseas.

The Obama official would not discuss the specific measures the United States uses to keep Americans who have fought alongside ISIS from returning to the U.S. “This is worked on a case by case basis,” the official said, “I defer to the FBI.”

Previously: 

Senate Dems Block Cruz Bill to Stop Americans Who Join ISIS from Returning to US

Three Afghan Military Officers Reported Missing in US -UPDATE – Found Them

Three senior military officers from Afghanistan have been reported missing from Camp Edwards Joint Base in Cape Cod. The soldiers were at there to participate in Regional Cooperation 2014, a 7-10 day training exercise that has been “held annually since 2004, includes five different nations and has more than 200 participants.”

Via CBS Boston:

The soldiers were last seen at Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis and were reported missing by base security on Saturday night. The three soldiers are MAJ Jan Mohammad Arash, CPT Mohammad Nasir Askarzada, and CPT Noorullah Aminyar.

Central Command, Massachusetts State Police and local police are involved in the search for the soldiers.

The Massachusetts National Guard are saying that the  officers pose no threat to the public, but the fact that they’ve gone AWOL is more than a little concerning.

Insider attacks –  Afghanis  turning against coalition troops – have been an ongoing nightmare for NATO’s International Security Assistance Forces.

In August, a man believed to be an Afghan soldier killed U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene and shot several others at a military training facility in Kabul.

Sometimes the perps are Islamic militants disguised as Afghan security forces, but most are actual Afghan soldiers or police officers who have turned against the coalition.

Boston.com reports that “earlier this month, two Afghan police officers who were training with the DEA vanished while on a trip to Washington. The police officers were located and will be returning to Afghanistan.”

There are 200 people from six nations participating in the exercise, including 15 officers and senior enlisted personnel from Afghanistan. The annual exercise is held by US Central Command.

“Not all 200 people are locked down on base,” Sahady told Boston.com. At some points during their stay, participants are cleared to leave for dinner or to participate in activities off base without restrictions, he said.

The three men were last seen at a Cape Cod mall in Hyannis, Saturday night.

 UPDATE:

Breitbart National Security: FIVE AFGHAN NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICERS WHO VANISHED WHILE TRAINING IN US LOCATED

On Monday, they were taken into custody after attempting to cross the border into Canada.

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On September 19, ABC7 News (WJLA-TV) revealed that the two Afghan policemen, who had been missing in the D.C. area for about a week, had been found. They were identified as Mohammad Yasin Ataye and Mohd Gnawed Samimi, and were part of a group of 31 Afghan nationals who were participating in a DEA drug trafficking training program at Quantico, Virginia. They vanished while sightseeing in Georgetown under the supervision of the DEA.

The DEA told ABC7 News that the pair decided to leave because they did not want to return to their home country. They were sent back to Afghanistan, along with the other 31 Afghans.

45,000 – 60,000 Syrian Kurds Flee to Turkey As ISIS Advances – Where’s Obama? (Video)

Turkish officials say tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds fled across the border into Turkey in a 24 hour time period to escape the savagery of the advancing ISIS militants mutants.

Via The Guardian:

The country opened eight crossing points along a 20-mile (32km) stretch from Akcakale to Mursitpinar, allowing about 45,000 Kurds to escape from the Islamist extremists, the deputy prime minister, Numan Kurtulmus, said on Saturday.

The exodus began as Isis fighters seized control of 60 Kurdish villages near the border in a two-day campaign as they approach the town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab.

At least 18 militants from Isis, which is also known as Isil, were killed in heavy clashes with Kurdish fighters in the area overnight, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The news of the exodus came as Turkey announced that Isis had released 49 Turkish hostages, including diplomatic staff, who were seized in Mosul, Iraq, on 11 June when militants stormed the Turkish consulate.

Kobane, in Aleppo province, is Syria‘s third-largest Kurdish town and would give Isis control of a long stretch of the country’s northern border with Turkey, which fears that a further 100,000 Kurds could seek refuge as they flee possible reprisal attacks by the jihadists.

Via DW, the Kurds pour over the border into Turkey:

Reuters reports that “about 60,000 Kurds” have been forced out of their homes to escape the ISIS mutants.

About 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee into Turkey in the space of 24 hours, a deputy prime minister says, as Islamic State fighters seize dozens of villages close to the border. Sarah Toms reports.

Reuters tells the world’s stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including business, financial, national, and international news. For over 160 years, Reuters has maintained its reputation for speed, accuracy, and impact while providing exclusives, incisive commentary and forward-looking analysis.

  

“ISIS fighters have seized dozens of towns close to the border, burning homes and leaving a path of dead bodies in their wake.”

And where is POTUS while all this is happening?

 

Senate Dems Block Cruz Bill to Stop Americans Who Join ISIS from Returning to US

Sen. Ted Cruz tried to get the Senate to consider a common sense measure Thursday morning that would strip Americans who join ISIS of their citizenship.

In the wake of the recent spate of ISIS beheadings, UK Prime Minister David Cameron did just that.

Via The Daily Mail:

He announced that police will be given the power to seize the passports of terror suspects trying to join jihadists fighting in Iraq and Syria.

He also revealed the Government was considering new powers to force jihadis living in the UK to relocate, while airlines will be compelled to hand over passenger lists before flights take off.

New laws will also be considered to prevent terrorists returning to ‘wreak havoc’ on the streets of Britain by removing their citizenship if they are fighting for ISIS abroad

You would think this would be a no brainer – especially in an election year –  but you would be wrong.

A Democratic senator from Hawaii objected to his bill, the Expatriate Terrorists Act of 2014, arguing that the Senate needs more time to weigh the significant constitutional issues it raises. Democrats are very concerned about trampling on the rights of the returning jihadis.

Via The Washington Times, Senator Hirono, D-Hawaii, blocked the bill.

 Sen. Mazie Hirono, Hawaii Democrat, objected, saying the bill has not been brought before the Senate Judiciary Committee and it affects “fundamental constitutional rights, which should be given the full deliberation of the Senate.”

“Legislation that grants the government the ability to strip citizenship from Americans is a serious matter, raising significant constitutional issues,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Senate will be weighing Obama’s risky proposal to arm and train Syrian jihadis, Thursday afternoon.
Sen. Cruz spoke on the Senate floor this morning about his bill, discussed the rising threat of ISIS, and expressed his concerns with  Obama’s plans to arm the Free Syrian Army.

“All too often the Obama Administration proposals threaten to become embroiled in the midst of these political crises as, for example, they have made training and equipping the Free Syrian Army a cornerstone of their plan to fight ISIS.  But just this week the leader of the Free Syrian Army reportedly announced that he would not participate in the fight against ISIS unless we pledged to join in his fight against the Syrian dictator Bashir al Assad.”

“While this is certainly understandable from his perspective, resolving the Syrian civil war is not our mission nor the job of the military, and we should not be making the Free Syrian Army —whose focus is Assad—central to the American plan of defending our nation against the jihadist threat of ISIS.

“The administration’s ISIS policy is also marked by internal confusion that further demonstrates a lack of focus on what should be our clear mission.  The President has repeatedly insisted that there will be no American ‘boots on the ground’ in Iraq and Syria as he wants any action to be led by others—even while he increases US personnel in a country by a few hundred here and a few hundred there, and earlier this week his top general, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, admitted that there were circumstances under which he would change his advice to the President to recommending ground troops, a suggestion that was subsequently echoed by Chief of Staff of the Army and even Vice President Biden.

“The American people need and deserve greater clarity on what exactly our military mission is, and how what the President envisions relates to the advice his Department of Defense is giving him.

“The disconnect between what we know and what we do not know about the Americans fighting for ISIS in Iraq and Syria is equally concerning.  Estimates range from ‘about a dozen’ according to one Pentagon spokesman, to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s reassertion of about a hundred Americans fighting with ISIS in this week’s Armed Services Committee hearing.

“Either way, Secretary Hagel agreed with my characterization of the risks posed that Americans will take  U.S. passports, after fighting with ISIS, after training with ISIS, to come back And commit unspeakable acts of terror here at home. Secretary Hagel agreed that risk was significant.

“It seems only prudent to address this threat, and I am therefore going to be asking for unanimous consent for the Expatriate Terrorist Act or ETA of 2014, which will make fighting for ISIS, taking up arms against the United States, an affirmative renunciation of American citizenship—and I should note here that the ETA is very similar to the bipartisan legislation proposed by Senators Joe Lieberman and Scott Brown in 2010 to address Americans who were joining al Qaida overseas, notably the radical cleric Anwar al Awlaki, or here at home, like Faisal Shahzad, who attempted to blow up a car bomb in Times Square.

“The ETA thus has applicability beyond the immediate threat of ISIS, it is an important adjustment to our existing laws governing the renunciation of citizenship to reflect the threat posed by non-nation terrorist groups.  As then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said concerning the Lieberman-Brown legislation, ‘United States citizenship is a privilege.  It is not a right. People who are serving foreign powers — or in this case, foreign terrorists — are clearly in violation…of that oath which they swore when they became citizens.’

“The Expatriate Terrorist Act of 2014 is only a very modest change to current law, it’s one small step in a larger and necessary effort to re-focus our ISIS strategy that I urge President Obama to consider immediately.”

 

SEE ALSO:

The Conversation: Rand Paul on Arming Syrian Rebels: ‘No One Knows Where All These Arms Are Going To Wind Up’

 

House Authorizes Obama’s Plan To Arm and Train Syrian Rebels

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I really really want to be wrong about thinking this is a huge mistake, but I have a very bad feeling about arming people with values and loyalties so antithetical to ours with American weapons. My greatest fear is that these weapons will eventually be turned on American soldiers, and will lead to more Christians and ethnic minorities being slaughtered in the Middle East.

Why on earth do we think this is a good idea?

Via USA Today:

A wary Congress voted Wednesday to authorize President Obama’s mission to arm and train Syrian rebel forces as part of the administration’s effort to dismantle the threat posed by the Islamic State militant group.

The bipartisan 273-156 vote came after days of debate in which lawmakers across the political spectrum expressed doubts about the scope and merits of the mission but conceded that the potential threat to the U.S. is too great to ignore.

Roll call of the votes, here.

The authorization is limited in scope to training up to 5,000 members of the Syrian opposition in Saudi Arabia. It provides no new funding and requires the administration to provide status reports to Congress. The Obama administration said the mission may be funded by international contributions, but the resolution authorizes the Pentagon to shift funds from other accounts if necessary.

Lawmakers expressed doubts about the ability to vet the Syrian rebel forces and warned that the arms provided to them could ultimately land in enemy hands. “We don’t know if somehow down the line they will turn our guns right back on us,” said Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, who opposed the resolution.

Sanchez also said there was not enough of an international coalition behind a strategy that is still being formed. “I’d like to know who our coalition is, and what they’re going to do before I vote for any plan,” she said.

For once I agree with Loretta Sanchez.

SEE ALSO:

Gateway Pundit: Rand Paul Blasts Vote to Arm Syrian Rebels: “I’m Not For Arming Radical Jihadists in Syria” (Video)

Steve Emerson: Holder DOJ ‘Handcuffed’ the FBI From Investigating Islamic Extremism In US (Video)

Steve Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism  said on Justice With Jeanine Pirro, Saturday night,  that there are now 300-400 American Volunteers fighting for ISIS. (The US State Dept. says there are only 12. Defense Sec. Hagel says about 100,  and Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, says hundreds.)

He told Pirro, “they can return to the United States any time they want. (Currently, there is no policy in place to revoke passports of Jihadists, but Republicans in Congress are working on legislation to address that.)

The FBI has been handcuffed in terms of investigating religious extremists in mosques as a result of guidelines put out by the Attorney General earlier, this year.” He added,  “there is a definite problem in investigating those militants in the United States who are either recruiting for ISIS or have returned from Syria or Iraq having fought for ISIS, ready to carry out freelance or directed terrorist attacks on behalf of ISIS against the United States.

Asked by Pirro to elaborate, Emerson said, “the Department of Justice has put out guidelines that restricted the FBI and other other law enforcement agencies from using religious actors in identifying National Security threats to the United States…”

His portion of the video begins 5:00 in:

According to The Center For Security Policy, back in January, the DOJ was poised to  “prohibit religious profiling in terror cases,”  completely blinding federal law enforcement to the threat from Islamic extremism.

Already, the department has forced the FBI to bleach references to “Islam” and “jihad” from its counterterrorism training materials. It’s also made it harder for agents to infiltrate radical mosques.

But Attorney General Eric Holder reportedly now wants to make it illegal for agents to even consider religion in their investigations.

Democrats on the Hill are cheering the changes, along with the ACLU and radical Muslim Brotherhood front groups, who have all lobbied the administration for them. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has seen several of its officials jailed on terror-related charges, calls it “a step in the right direction.”

Appearing before the Democrat-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee in 2012, CAIR demanded the administration remove religion as a factor in terrorism investigations, even though just four years earlier Justice had named CAIR an unindicted terrorist co-conspirator.

The Islamic Society of North America, another designated co-conspirator, hailed the move as a civil-rights victory worthy of praise from “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

The timing couldn’t be worse. Experts say that if anything, the U.S. should be expanding its terrorist profile to include radical Muslim women along with men. Russian intelligence warns female suicide bombers are threatening next month’s Winter Olympics.

The FBI missed the Boston Marathon bombings because it failed to focus on radicalized local Muslims. The only way law enforcement can effectively head off future attacks — including possibly the upcoming Super Bowl in New Jersey — is by gathering predictive intelligence in the Muslim community — namely, inside mosques.

Holder cut off these investigative avenues for the FBI, “as well as for border agents charged with protecting the nation from Islamic extremists at airports and land crossings.”

 See Also: 

Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon:FBI National Domestic Threat Assessment Omits Islamist Terrorism: Internal report labels white supremacists, black separatists, militias, abortion extremists main domestic extremists…

Surreal…

The FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans.

Instead, the internal FBI intelligence report concluded in its 2013 assessment published this month that the threat to U.S. internal security from extremists is limited to attacks and activities by eight types of domestic extremist movements—none motivated by radical Islam.

They include anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with “sovereign citizen” nationalists, and anarchists. Other domestic threat groups outlined by the FBI assessment include violent animal rights and environmentalist extremists, black separatists, anti- and pro-abortion activists, and Puerto Rican nationalists.

The Conversation: State Dept: Fighting With ISIS Doesn’t Automatically Mean Your Passport Will Be Revoked

The Conversation: Fighting for ISIS is no reason to keep someone out of the country, huh?

Linked by Doug Ross and iOWNTHEWORLD, thanks!

Eric (Why Is This Man Still Our Atty Gen?) Holder Announces Investigation of Ferguson Police Dept

Via Gateway Pundit, nothing really of note, here.

I think we already knew that (this being a mid-term election year and all) the most corrupt, race-baiting, and hyper-political Attorney General in American history, would jump at the chance to slap the race card down on the entire police department in Ferguson, Mo.

There was a triple (black on white) murder in Kansas City, this week – not that the Rev. Al, Jesse Jackson or Eric (why is this man still our Atty Gen?) Holder give a flip. The perp was wearing a dark hoodie, incidentally.

Then there’s that black cop shooting of an unarmed white man (thin guy, too – not a 300 lb behemoth)  that happened in Utah two days after the Michael Brown shooting.  But then, you probably haven’t heard about that one because it doesn’t fulfill a favored media (race-baiting, election year) narrative.

You will not be surprised to hear that the crack team of race-baiting radicals Eric (why is this man still our Attorney General?) Holder sent to Ferguson, have found enough evidence of “concerns”, “mistrust”, and  “lack of diversity” that a civil rights investigation of the Ferguson Police Department by the Department of Justice is apparently warranted.

Like I said, nothing really all that  surprising, here. I just wanted to try out my new moniker for Eric (why is this man still our Attorney General?) Holder.

 

 

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