Flow of Muslim Fighters into Iraq, Syria Unrelenting, “Alarming” as ISIS broadens its weaponry

ByPamela Geller on January 13, 2016
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Photo: ISIS Has $1B worth Of US humvee armored vehicles.

ISIS is gaining followers at an “alarming” rate.

In his State of the Union address, mullah Obama said, “fighters on the back of pickup trucks and twisted souls plotting in apartments or garages ….. do not threaten our national existence. We don’t need to build them up to show that we’re serious, nor do we need to push away vital allies in this fight by echoing the lie that ISIL is representative of one of the world’s largest religions. We just need to call them what they are — killers and fanatics who have to be rooted out, hunted down, and destroyed.”

Even the the SOTU, Obama is stumping for Islam and lying about the strength and reach of ISIS.

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Flow of Foreign Fighters to Iraq, Syria Unrelenting , VOA, January 12, 2016:

New figures on the flow of foreign fighters to Syria and Iraq show the scope of the problem is much bigger than first thought, with would-be militants still finding their way to the battlefront.

For the second time this week, intelligence officials have released updated estimates on the number of foreign fighters, now saying more than 36,500 from at least 120 countries have gone to take part in the fight since the start of the conflict.

That figure includes at least 6,600 Westerners.

The earlier estimates had put the total number of foreign fighters at more than 34,000 from 120 countries, including at least 6,000 Westerners.

Back in October, intelligence officials had estimated there were more than 30,000 foreign fighters from at least 115 countries, including more than 4,500 from the West.

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FILE – Two men accused of fighting with the co-called Islamic State militant group hide their faces before their trial in Germany November 30, 2015.

Number of US recruits unchanged

Despite the increase in the total, the number of American fighters has remained unchanged since the October estimates, intelligence officials told VOA on condition of anonymity.

They said approximately 250 Americans have traveled or attempted to travel to Syria or Iraq “to fight or otherwise support the conflict.” Of those, about 24 have been killed in Iraq or Syria.

Officials familiar with the estimates caution that the increase does not indicate a current surge in foreign fighters, but is likely due to improved reporting as well as ongoing intelligence efforts to identify individuals.

“It’s tapered off because it’s physically gotten harder there and nations are cracking down more, not just the U.S.,” said Patrick Skinner, a former intelligence officer now with The Soufan Group, a strategic security intelligence consultancy.

Skinner said a majority of foreign fighters likely traveled to the battlefront following the fall of Mosul to Islamic State militants in June 2014; but, he also warned it has proven difficult to shut down the flow.

“As long as people are willing to go there, they can get there,” Skinner said. “We’ve overestimated our ability to detect and disrupt extremist travel.”

The foreign fighter issue has alarmed some U.S. lawmakers.

“The threat is increasing, not decreasing,” House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul told reporters Friday. “That number was 25,000 last year.”

“I don’t think the strategy is working,” he added.

While defense officials say there is growing evidence the Islamic State is being forced to turn to conscription, the group continues to be buoyed by a steady influx of recruits — enough to maintain a constant force of 20,000 to 30,000 fighters.

Through the end of 2015, slightly more than 1,000 foreign fighters a month were joining the Islamic State, a U.S. official familiar with the data told VOA. The official also said the most popular route continued to be crossing into Syria from Turkey, despite Turkish efforts to crack down along the border.

“All of it is done through smuggling networks in Turkey, operating though Turkey, in Iraq and certainly in Syria,” Mubin Shaikh, an ex-security and Canadian counterintelligence operative, told VOA via Skype.

“There’s some attention on the networks,” he said. “But there really isn’t a focus on attacking the networks and making that the framework in which the defeat of ISIS is supposed to be applied.”
Spanish police arrest a man, left, accused of collaborating with the Islamic State, after searching a cybercafe in Mataro near to Barcelona, Dec. 8, 2015.

Spanish police arrest a man, left, accused of collaborating with the Islamic State, after searching a cybercafe in Mataro near to Barcelona, Dec. 8, 2015.

Young people, women drawn to jihad

There is also evidence that the jihadist-foreign fighter message continues to resonate with European youth and with women despite counter-messaging efforts.

“It’s still a profile that tends to be quite young,” said David Sterman with the New America International Security program.

“The average age is 24 — many teenagers within the sample,” he said. “Women continue to be quite well represented.”

U.S. counterterrorism officials have also worried that Russia’s entry into the Syrian conflict on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would spur more would-be militants to join the fight.

“It would not be surprising if ISIL features the Russian build-up as a tie into their apocalyptic narrative, and to help bridge the generational divide among jihadists with Moscow’s actions in Afghanistan and Syria as bookends,” a U.S. counterterrorism official said at the time, using an acronym for the Islamic State.

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  • Shafiq Islam

    Islamic State has a superbly effective recruiting and ethics manual endorsed by President Obama himself, what he calls “The Holy Qur’an.”

    • ruthy k

      I want Obama to know that for as long as freedom exists it is every persons right to insult the prophet Islam. He is saying yes to speech and thought Sharia. Oh! Obama- If it was a bunch of Christians that legally own their guns in their garages- that would pose an existential threat? yes? i know why. B/c then we could fight back! But Islam taking over and us silently suffering a debasing crime/rape/murder epidemic that gets worse by the day, that is not a real threat. How dumb does this crazy man think people are? He is the very scum of the earth. And so are all the people enabling and pushing this!
      What’s even worse is that 1/2 my money is taxed and a large chunk is spent on funding ISIS. Our $ pays for the training, raping and torture ISIS busies itself w/. How many bullets shot were paid for by me? How many undergarments torn off were funded by my paying for these scumbag’s food rations thereby giving them the strength to commit their evil. I refuse to be a willing accomplice! Now they want to guilt us into paying for these atrocities to be done here. NO!

      • Shafiq Islam

        Ruthy, it is bipartisan. Carter, and more so Reagan, got the Saudis to radicalise the world’s Muslims by sponsoring radical mosques and madrasas. Bush ignored warnings before 9/11 and smoked cigars afterward with Bandar bin Sultan, whose family had financed the attacks, something he covered up. He permitted Saudis, including many bin Laden family members, to fly back to Saudi Arabia while all other air traffic was prohibited. He started a foolish war in Iraq that destabilised the country and gave rise to ISIS, while doing nothing to help the Christians who suffered most.

        Yes, Obama is rotten to the core, but so are almost all of your politicians, bought off by Arab money that comes from your oil purchases.

        • ruthy k

          That is my point! That’s why he’s not my lynch pin. This has nothing to do with foolishness. This is very deliberate. Have you heard of MK ultra? I don’t believe e/t I hear about that program, but too many things line up for it to be denied. I met s/o 2 years ago that knew about 9/11 in advance but didn’t put 2+2 together. She knew mafiosos here in the US. It’s all about $ and control. Clinton is heavily involved with them since the 80’s. They are playing both sides of the chessboard and we are the pawns.

        • Po Tato

          Vladimir Ilyich Lenin was once quoted as saying … The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them …

          Well… guess what? As far as what the past few POTUSes, from Reagan all the way down to that bumbling idiot George W. Bush, had done, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin couldn’t be more right !

          Obama, however, is a league apart – this guy, unlike his predecessors, has full knowledge of the evilness of islam and yet he decide to devote all his time to promote islam (and importing millions of moslems) into the United States of America !

        • farflung

          “Yes, Obama is rotten to the core, but so are almost all of your politicians, bought off by Arab money that comes from your oil purchases.” The keyword in this statement is the first use of “your” politicians, seems my evaluation of you as a plant and a Jihadist is correct. You are not American and in here to ply your trade of lies and Teeckee . You are a Muslim Jihadist!

          • Shafiq Islam

            Sir, you really need a psychiatrist. I never claimed to be American; I have said numerous times that I am South Asian and live in South Asia. You seem to enjoy bullying people, so the very sadism that you attribute to Muslims thrives in your warped mind as well too. Get some help.

          • farflung

            Ackwheat, mugnoon you are doing fine, I’ve shaken the bushes and out falls you, Joker and Richard. All Jihadists. Problem if all you folks hate the U.S. the Country of your birth and fled to ISIS , you shall the three , reap the whirlwind and yes we shall walk upon your dust with the soles of our shoes.

          • joker

            That is funny, I am a jihadist. I hate islam.

          • Richard

            Ignore the guy. But if this madman gets to be too much of a nuiscance, flag him and he will be removed. Then he will go around claiming Pamela Geller is a Jihadist – lol.

          • Shafiq Islam

            Thanks, Richard. People like him are great assets for CAIR and their political and media allies, allowing them to characterize all who are concerned about the dangers of Muslim immigration as hateful, ignorant, mentally ill trolls. There is a difference between thoughtful dialogue and abusive posts.

          • Richard

            I agree with Shafiq Islam you are an idiot. Why would a Muslim Jihadist “disguise” himself with a name like Shafiq Islam? (Islam of all things)? Secondly have you not read what he says about Islam? A Jihadist may do anything but he would never insult Islam or Muhammad or the Quran. Thirdly what would be the purpose of this “plant”? To bewilder idiots like you? And thereby achieve world domination, because you are so terribly important in matters that concern the Earth?

            Of all the idiots I’ve come across, you surely are the champion.

          • farflung

            Jihadist, ,you three know where to find me.

          • Richard

            Where to find you idiot? What an arsehole you are. Brave talk from an anonymous idiot. I’m not a Jihadist, I wouldnt behead you but I would love to give you a hiding of your lifetime. There are idiots of various hues, jihadists and you. You and a jihadist are two sides of the same coin. Very similar.

          • ruthy k

            ?? I’ve asked this of myself based on some of his points. But a foreigner would have a vastly different viewpoint or express the same point differently. undecided. We all have our national programming.

          • farflung

            To much of an American articulation and by the way ms Pamela is on the Jihad hit list

          • joker

            Guessing you are from the Lebanon you surely know there are non muslims with a muslim name. Like in Turkey. Unfortunately that is how it works. In Turkey one of the richest family are Christian Armenians but most of them have muslim names. And Shafiq Islam posted many times that he is a convert and it sounds cool to say I am a Christian with the name Islam.

          • farflung

            Jihadist, lol I do have a backside and like most folks a front and back, the back side you can kiss, but don’t be pissing on my leg and telling me it’s raining.

          • joker

            And by the by, I am Western European and staunch hater of Islam. I will not kiss your back and will not be raining on your leg. That you can ask a proper Jihadist to do.

          • farflung

            Sons of those that killed and murdered the Jews, not a very good thing to throw out there and we saved your sorry asses. It may be time to return our dead from this most unholy ground. You European “ANTI-SEMITIC BASTARDS” Probably gay and could suck sand out of concrete!

          • joker

            On a footnote I was born Jewish but some would say I have gayish manners. Well I used to be a playboy and sophisticated. You have a problem with Europeans. Don’t do that we are in the end brothers.

          • farflung

            Just what we need a Western European, part time preacher trailing a goat and he is going to tell me about my own business. Go screw, aw hell meant to say go milk your goat.

          • joker

            Either you have problems in understanding English or other problems. Either way I am not able to help you. There might be a cure in ISIS controlled land. You should not fly over Turkey, try Beyrut and then slowly slowly you sneak in.
            Pretend you wish to join the Hezbollah. Good luck.

    • Po Tato

      Calling the koran ‘holy’ is like calling feces ‘fragrant’

      • Shafiq Islam

        Apt analogy!

  • harbidoll

    Syria Is the ground O for the battles tween Shia & the Sunni & the Free West. After all the “so incline” are gathered there, —. Those who resist the blood-lust call & stay back, will live. This lawn-mowing process might have to be repeated every 100 yrs. or so. sad to say.

  • scocope

    $1B worth of Humvees? I wonder who gave the order to abandon them without destroying them? A simple brick on the accelerator pedal would have blown the engine in less than 10 minutes; kind of makes you believe that someone (probably The One) wanted them to have a nice fleet of vehicles.

    • Mahou Shoujo

      “White mosque” military equipment rentals and sales head office, 1600 Pennsylvania ave. Washington. If you are a card carrying member of isis, your credit is good,

    • volksnut

      I think its probably more along the lines of what we left behind that was supposed to help the Iraqi military who just cut and ran – at least for a long time –

      • scocope

        The Iraqi military was known to cut and run the moment our backs are turned (and sometimes even when we are watching them); that ISIS was going to get their hands on them was not a matter of “IF” but “WHEN”.
        The absence of destruction of infrastructure and other material that helps ISIS consolidate their ability to govern (and defend) the regions they take over appears to be a policy, not an oversight, and it appears our Country’s leaders may have a hand in implementing the policy.

        • volksnut

          Yeah I hear ya’ makes me sick.Then they give no help whatsoever to the people who are actually fighting the psychopaths. Really makes you wonder doesn’t it. Whats the real reason barrys so adamant about toppling Assad. inal Message—–

  • Send ’em packin’

    Let the Muztard hordes go to the ME to join ISIS. The more the better. If we can get every effin’ one of them to go there, it’ll be a huge victory. It’ll be easier to blow their asses off over there than scattered around the western world. In fact, if we could get every one of them to go there, we could have peace at least with the Muslims. We will never have peace with them in western nations. They ALL need to go back ASAP.

  • Po Tato

    The map …http://9502-presscdn-0-95.pagely.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/SR-ISIS-foreign-fighters-map-1-600.gif is out of date

    Countries such as the Philippines, Tanzania, and Malaysia have a lot of ISIS supporters

    In Malaysia, for example, 11% of the moslems support ISIS (or the equivalent of)

    In Tanzania, the island of Zanzibar is crawling with many active ISIS cells

    In the Philippines, many moslem groups in the south have pledged their allegiance to ISIS

  • Richard

    Obama said, “fighters on the back of pickup trucks and twisted souls plotting in apartments or garages ….. do not threaten our national existence.,,”

    You are right! But what does threaten US national existence is you yourself Obama !

    Of course the US can deal with ISIS. But you Obama will not let it.

    You Obama subvert and diminish the US with all the power that you have.

    You have shown your contempt for the US constitution by flouting it at every step.

    You flouts your laws and western democratic values and promote instead the ideology that seeks to destroy America and western civilisation.

  • Drew the Infidel

    It is total idiocy to downplay the ISIS threat when considering 130 dead in Paris, 19 dead in San Bernardino, and the fact that Lee Harvey Oswald was the classic example of a “lone wolf” attacker.

    • movingwaters

      Lee Harvey Oswald was a patsy for the CIA. But your comment is correct. A nation that cared about its children’s survival would have impeached Obama and had him hanged for treason or in prison long before now. He couldn’t get away with the things he does if much of Congress weren’t complicit with the globalist agenda.

    • armeniaman

      ISIS were not responsible for the attack in San Bernadino. The Paris attack was due to France launching air strikes against ISIS in September.

      If American troops were sent to Iraq they would be attacked by ISIS and Iraqi militia fighting ISIS. Not an attractive proposition.

      • autdrew

        Isis was responsible for San Bernardino. The bitc€ declared that she was loyal to isis and would be doing her evil out of her loyalty to satan and is. Her a$$hole was reported to have done the same. (I do not use proper names for these two or other jihadis). All of this was posted online. The iraqis are wimps who have no honor. Just like the afhgans, they swing whichever way the current winds blow.

  • Mark Rosenthal

    I think obama is starting his own country over there for when we boot him out of the W/H

    • autdrew

      I wish!!

    • Millionmileman

      Why would he want his own country when he is likely to be the next Secretary of the United Nut-jobs, replacing Ban ki on The Moon!

  • joker

    Surely the US ought to be able to take out all the vehicles. Once spotted from the air a few bombs on top of them will do. And why bothered people going there, don’t let them come back any more. Cancel their passports and their whole existence.

  • Boris Badinov

    ISIS’ biggest benefactor and his political party are doing a great job of aiding and abetting these barbaric monsters.

  • Infidel Knight

    When Obama becomes UN Secretary General before the end of 2017, ISIS, Qaeda and the Brotherhood will be his army to impose Islam and Sharia on the entire world. They will literally answer his call and follow his orders. Make no mistake, Obama intends to use his next job at the UN to force the world to submit to Islam.

    • Mahou Shoujo

      Only europe is stupid enough to do so.

      • Infidel Knight

        We’ll see, he’s very serious about getting this “job.”

        • Mahou Shoujo

          It is a good place for him, the infidel world will see him for what he is, trivializing the u.n even more. Now that he has destroyed western civilization, the least he can do is destroy the u.n.

          • Infidel Knight

            Personally, I never want to see his face again; ever…!!!

          • joker

            Personally, but who cares what I think anyway, I believe Obama gets too much credit. He is I reckon only a pawn in a more larger and sinister scheme. Perhaps when Banki Wanker is gone grand mufti al-baghdadi and the rest of his name can take over. The ueber caliphat. The neo nazis can join in with the already looney left involved and the UN building is very suitable for topping off all the gays. Lets the party begin. And for sure in New York there much be a grand square being dubbed chop chop square. Champagne all over after the Friday afternoon sermon.

          • Mahou Shoujo

            Hussain is a useful idiot, positioned in a place where he can influence and direct an army of useful idiots, either by having them act, or accept the actions of others, unopposed. The u.n is useless, and becoming more so by the minute, putting him in charge would finish it off very nicely.

          • joker

            The UN or the league of nations was only founded in order to prevent another war of nations. Not as a substitute for the league of islam. What it is nowadays. The terrorists of 9/11 had chosen wrongly the right building. Still today very useful for tossing off gays and for having champagne parties after the Friday afternoon prayers.

  • JEANNIEMAC2

    As more people realize that allowing sex crazed savages into their countries will result in the rapes of their daughters, sisters, wives and children, and the pillaging of businesses, maybe they will finally get the guts to fight back. The administrations of governments are too afraid to do anything, fearing assassination, but the people can arm themselves, form militias and force the migrants to go back to their own god-forsaken deserts.
    In the USA, the people know that Obama is himself a Muslim and most likely helped to bring about this disastrous state of affirs.

  • volksnut

    using barrys acronym which refers to Israel –

  • Jeremiah

    Now that we have some good targets . . .

  • enemies R among us

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    Our Civil Society:

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    UNICEF

    Oxfam

    World vision

    CARE International

    Save the Children

    Red Cross

    Feed the Children

    Shriners

    Christian Children’s Fund

    Doctors Without Borders

    The United Way

    Habitat for Humanity

    Girl Guides

    The Sally Ann

    Lions Club

    St Johns Ambulance

    4 H Club

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    Theirs:

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    CAIR

    al-Qaeda

    ISIS

    Islamic Jihad

    Hezbollah

    al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades

    Taliban

    Hamas

    Muslim Brotherhood

    Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades

    Chechen terrorist bombers

    Boko Haram

    Al-Shabaab

    Haqqani network

    Abdullah Azzam Brigades

    Jabhat al-Nusra

    Ansar Dine

    Jemaah Islamiya

    Lashkar-e-Taiba

    Hussein Bin Ali cell

    Abu Sayyaf

  • ColonelNeville

    So if I have this right based on empirical factual actions, Obama wants to take legal guns from law-abiding American citizens – and yet is happy to give up and or supply free of charge, one billion dollars worth of Humvees and other military hardware and vast arsenals of US weapons to various Muslim hordes – all of whom loudly state and act upon their intentions to murder millions of said law-abiding American citizens. If that doesn’t define High Treason and pure evil, nothing does.