Fears Over The Return Of The ISIS Fighters Grip The World As A Large Number Remains Unaccounted For
Quite a large number of the ISIS fighters remain unaccounted for and fears of terror have started surging again. The authorities have raised concerns saying that there is a possibility that they might yet again slip through the cracks. The last time they struck, a lot of people ended up losing their lives whereas others lost their properties.
The Soufan Center has released a new report called “Beyond the Caliphate: Foreign Fighters and the Threat of Returnees.” Soufan Center is a security intelligence consultancy based in Washington and according to it, about 5,600 residents or citizens from 33 countries have made their way home. This number accounts for only about 15 percent of the fighters.
The report provides that from a total of 129 fighters who left the country, only seven have made their way back. In the UK, 850 fighters left but the currently counted number stands at 425.
A spokesperson for the FBI in a recent interview said that it was a rather difficult undertaking tracking oversees fighters who played part in the battlefield. He added that at the moment they did not have firm numbers of those that surrendered the killed ones or those that remained unaccounted for.
However, he revealed that about 300 Americans have travelled or made attempts to get to Iraq or Syria to participate in the conflict. The conflict includes those that have joined other armed groups, such as the Free Syrian Army, Peshmerga and YPG.
The official opined, “While this number is lower in comparison to many of our international partners, we closely analyze and assess the influence groups like ISIS have on individuals located in the United States, who are inspired to commit acts of violence.”
According to him, the greatest priority was to do all within their means to ensure that they kept the U.S safe and free from terrorism.
Ryan Mauro, a national security expert in his statement made it clear that America did not in any way strip the citizenship of those persons that chose to join ISIS and thus won’t be barring anyone from coming back.