FBI Director James Comey takes a question from a reporter during a news conference at the FBI office in Boston, Massachusetts November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Wall Street Journal: FBI’s Comey Warns ISIS Fighters Could Spread to U.S., Western Europe If Defeated in Middle East
‘Greater than any diaspora we’ve seen before,’ director says of possible outcome
Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey warned of a potential consequence of a future Islamic State defeat in the Middle East: a migration of the group’s fighters to Western Europe and the U.S.
In a speech at Fordham University on Wednesday, Mr. Comey said counterterrorism officials are focused on the prospect of hundreds of Islamic State fighters surviving the battlefield and flowing into Western Europe to commit attacks like the recent ones in Brussels and Paris. The ease of travel would also make the U.S. vulnerable to this threat, he said.
“This is an order of magnitude greater than any diaspora we’ve seen before,” Mr. Comey said. “A lot of terrorists fled out of Afghanistan in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This is 10 times that or more.”
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Update: FBI director: The terrorism threat out of Syria is 'an order of magnitude greater than anything we’ve seen before' (Business Insider).
WNU Editor: His warnings are too late .... the terrorists are already there.