NATO Commander: ISIS ‘Spreading Like Cancer’ Among Refugees

ByPamela Geller on March 3, 2016
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I am sure it is spreading; it is Islam, after all. But ISIS arrived with the refugees, as they promised they would do.

Top US Commander in Europe: Terrorists, Returning Fighters Now a ‘Daily’ Part of Refugee Flow

The top U.S. military commander in Europe told lawmakers Tuesday that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) is infiltrating the ranks of refugees entering Europe, and that terrorists, returning foreign fighters and criminals are now part of the “daily” flow. (CNS)

Asked by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) whether ISIS will continue to try to infiltrate refugee flows, U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove told the Senate Armed Services Committee, “I think that they are doing that today.”

” Nato commander: Isis ‘spreading like cancer’ among refugees,” By Alan Yuhas

Philip Breedlove says refugees are ‘masking the movement’ of terrorists, but human rights groups disagree: ‘We are talking about needles in haystacks’

Refugees from the Middle East and north Africa are “masking the movement” of terrorists and criminals, Nato’s top commander told Congress on Tuesday, despite the protests of human rights groups who say that refugees overwhelmingly have no ulterior motive but escape.

In testimony to the Senate armed services committee, US general Philip Breedlove said that the Islamic State terror group is “spreading like a cancer” among refugees. The group’s members are “taking advantage of paths of least resistance, threatening European nations and our own”, he added.

Breedlove also blamed Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria, in support of autocratic leader Bashar al-Assad, for having “wildly exacerbated the problem”.

The airstrikes, nominally against Isis but largely against the various rebel groups arrayed against Assad, have allegedly killed more than 1,000 civilians, including children. Breedlove said these indiscriminate attacks mean to terrorize Syrians and “get them on the road” toward neighboring countries and Europe.

The Kremlin and Assad intend, according to Breedlove, to use migration as a weapon to weaken European unity and infrastructure. The general said that European nationalist groups that oppose immigration also weaken the continent, and could themselves threaten violence.

Since taking command in 2013, Breedlove has pushed for an aggressive refortification of Europe, calling Russia a “long-term existential threat” to the US, and suggested Europe and the US should do more to counter Assad and Isis in Syria.

Pressed by reporters to back up his assertion with statistics, Breedlove said: “I can’t give you a number on the estimate of the flow.”

Breedlove distinguished between “criminality, terrorist and foreign fighters”, and said that he has seen news reports saying as many as 1,500 fighters have returned to Europe.
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“I’m not going to talk to you about intelligence,” he said at a news conference, adding that “many [countries] are saying they see planning happening” for a terrorist attack.

Thinktank and congressional estimates of how many foreign fighters have traveled to Syria vary widely, with 1,500 toward the higher end of numbers of fighters reported to have returned to western nations.

Though Breedlove’s remarks on Tuesday echoed fears voiced by many in the wake of Paris terror attacks last November, human rights activists have stressed that nearly all of those attackers were French or Belgian. Only an extraordinarily small minority of refugees even sympathize with terror groups, activists said.

“We are talking about needles in haystacks,” said Bill Frelick, the director of the refugee rights program for Human Rights Watch. “It’s not to say that there aren’t dangerous needles in those haystacks, but overwhelmingly we’re talking about people who are seeking protection and bear no ill will, and I would say in fact bear gratitude to anyone who’s willing to help them.”

Frelick said that Breedlove’s remarks reflected the refugee crisis “through a military prism”.

“It’s important that none of us dismiss security concerns,” he said, “but pushing people back into the fire can create a domino effect, like closed borders in Hungary, Greece, Turkey, that’s potentially every bit as destabilizing as the kinds of fears Gen Breedlove is talking about.”
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Amnesty International has similarly called for governments not to exacerbate the crisis by blocking refugees. “Giving in to fear in the wake of the atrocious attacks on Paris will not protect anyone,” Amnesty director John Dalhuisen said in the aftermath of the attacks.

A failure to give shelter “would be a cowardly abdication of responsibility and a tragic victory for terror over humanity”, he added.

Counter-terror experts have agreed that although wars in the Middle East and north Africa have increased the flow of weapons into Europe, most terror suspects and perpetrators have been “homegrown” radicals and sympathizers.
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There is “a huge reservoir of sympathizers who all have western or European passports and who were born or raised there,” Reinoud Leenders, a professor at the department of war studies at King’s College London, told the Los Angeles Times last year.

More than 4.5 million people have fled the Syrian civil war since it began in 2011, and hundreds of thousands more have fled wars in Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan. Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan have taken in most of those refugees, often in sprawling and struggling camps. The UN estimates that more than 300,000 people have tried to flee across the Mediterranean, and that thousands have died in the attempt. Last month, Nato joined regional patrols to combat human and weapons smuggling across the sea.

Only 2,647 Syrian refugees have resettled in the United States since 2011, after passing through an arduous vetting and resettlement program. From 1 October 2001 to this month, the US accepted 806,900 refugees via the resettlement program; only five have been arrested on terrorism charges, according to the State Department and the Migration Policy Institute.

The UK has accepted about 200 people, in contrast to the tens of thousands taken in by Germany and Sweden. The White House has said it hopes to have accepted 10,000 refugees by the end of 2016, and 10 Downing St has said the UK could accept 20,000 over five years. European leaders have been sharply divided about whether to continue accepting refugees, especially after high-profile incidents including sexual assaults in Germany, the destruction of refugee camps in France and the identification of war criminals in the Netherlands.

Conservative leaders in the US have resisted refugee resettlement programs, and several governors have ordered a halt to funding. A federal court overturned one such order on Tuesday, saying it “clearly discriminates” against refugees. And contrary to the claims of several Republican candidates for president, most Syrian refugees are not young men but children aged 17 or younger.

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  • farflung

    Nothing new here, Europe is gone. We are importing our own doom here through the UN and State Department with the refugees. Should Hillary and the Democrats win this next election , do not think anywhere in the world we will be safe. The only answer is Trump2016

  • Don Grantham

    This has been bloody obvious to just about everyone since the whole fiasco began. I wonder if Gen. Breedlove is related to Dr. Strangelove…

    • Virginia Allston

      The new generation of American generals. Not General Ham.

    • honeybee

      First cousin on their Paternal side.

  • itchy

    No sh*t Sherlock, OMG If military tactics are this slow we will be fighting sand hills in the middle east because isis will be in every back yard in America and Australia, Already in Europe’s back and front yards

  • The origional roger

    And contrary to the claims of several Republican candidates for president, most Syrian refugees are not young men but children aged 17 or younger said a federal court.
    Wrong,
    What do they take us for ? and where did this federal court get its information from, the SPLC, CAIR ?, maybe the new Marvel comic series.

    • autdrew

      And don’t they think that children become adults? If these teens are marinated in isis (islam) and leave there, they are still susceptible to recruitment just like the “homegrown ” young people

    • mac holliday

      well roger..they obtain their lies from the same place …the willingness of the
      masses to believe, enlarge and enjoy a rumor….we have met the enemy and
      it is us….WTP…..roped and branded….saddled and ridden…..and WTP have
      allowed it to happen…sooooo, no one to blame but OURSELVES…..do not
      like the status quo…well then do something about it…like maybe VOTE!

  • The origional roger

    The general said that European nationalist groups that oppose immigration also weaken the continent, and could themselves threaten violence.
    And there it is folks, its the patriotic European nationalist mums and dads that are weakening the continent, and could push a baby carriage into someone, or something.

    • Mahou Shoujo

      It is hard to fathom the abject stupidity of muslim apologists who spew stupidity that the solution to colonization by a hostile species, is importing more of it, and resistance to the hostile takeover on a nation by its citizens is a problem, Truly there is an epidemic of stupid in the self anointed elite governing class.

  • Honkingeese Watchgoose lll

    Well things might not go so well in Syria for ISiS, so they’ve planned to take the fight to Europe guerilla style no one will be using drones and air support on them in Europe. Rooting out 5 or 6 thousand civilian enemy is going to be tough and bloody, especially when your media and half your own population don’t support you. Poor stupid Europe ruled by leftwits.

    The most annoying part of it is they told us! You don’t often find an enemy proudly telegraphing his moves…and did we listen? ( Well WE did, on this blog, but not the politicians, they’re getting ready to act all surprised” Who knew?” etc)

    • The origional roger

      Right you are, and I don’t think that it would be far fetched to fear a scenario where there are enough Islamic persons of intent, to carry out an operation where the whole population of a country is held hostage, after all look what they can do with only one or two.

    • Lodrone

      It was predicted by Houari Boumedienne, President of Algeria at the United Nations in 1974. “One day, millions of men will leave the Southern Hemisphere to go to the Northern Hemisphere. And they will not go there as friends. Because they will go there to conquer it. And they will conquer it with their sons. The wombs of our women will give us victory.”

      • Honkingeese Watchgoose lll

        Wow, talk about a long range forecast! But, the Algerian president knows his muslim history and knows islam to be a conqueror religion.

        and now Merkle is using the same line the government used in the 80’s – all the refugees (Turkish guest workers in the 80’s ) will go back once it’s safe again in Syria!! ( they didn’t in the 80’s)
        and not that many are FROM Syria.. So the Eritreans, Algerians Iraqis and Afghanistanis are going back to Syria?

        It’s ridiculous expecting the populace to swallow that one again.
        They’re here to conquer for Allah, to spread islam and the endarkenment.

        and the governments are determined to force it to happen, the moment a person raises a concern they’re labelled racist and shut down before ant legitimate debate can take place,
        I’ve even heard there are legal penalties for talking against the invasion!
        Imagine just after 1945 if we told people this would happen, they’d have recommended therapy for us, having just fought and sacrificed for freedoms we now throw out rather than risk being called racist.

    • Budvarakbar

      Poor stupid Europe ruled by leftwits.

      Ever here of the US, Canada, and Australia? — The US is building up Obama’s private army as we type – and no one who is anywhere near being able to do anything about it are doing anything but flapping their jaws

      • Virginia Allston

        The EU is also building a domesric army — against domestics, not muslim invadors!

        • Jay Dillon

          Maybe that’s what the muzzies are for, to kill off the people with an ounce of brain matter.

          • Patricia

            Stranger things have happened.

  • Marc Goldstone

    Won’t be long before the “peaceful Muslim refugees” rise up and destroy the electric grid in their host countries. Then Europeans will join the 7’h century savages and understand first hand the folly of their own terrorist bleeding heart communist sympathizers.

  • Dave Quilty

    File this one under things OB, Bernie, and the wife of an impeached president wont’ tell you…

    • Dr. Doomsday

      Bernie and the Beast

  • Tatonka

    What else is new!

  • Mahou Shoujo

    Nato is some sort of military force, generally speaking, so drag your concerned sorry asses into Libya, Syria and a few other refugee colonist spawning grounds, and do a lot of peace making, then, amongst the survivors, commence to start with peace keeping. The problem of an armed uprising in western europe will not be alleviated by bringing more terrorists and their sympathizers in, despite the ignorant bleating of isis and islamic sympathizers and enablers.

  • ColonelNeville

    No, not “needles in haystacks” but countless self igniting matches in haystacks.

  • Stupidly and ignorance! Bringing Islam here to help destroy America.

  • Virginia Allston

    Well, Breedlove is right on ISIS in Europe, but wrong on everything else. Where did all our real generals go?

    • SFTOBEY

      The Scumbag-in-Chief got rid of them!

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    SyphilISIS

  • Jay Dillon

    These boneheads shouldn’t be paid until they do their job.

  • karl59

    And these are the people Obama wants to bring to America!