We keep hearing from mainstream analysts that the Islamic State is losing. We’ve been hearing it almost since the inception of the Islamic State. Unfortunately, the facts keep suggesting otherwise in numerous important areas.
Comey “said the group’s slick videos and propaganda can resonate with people of all ages, but seem to draw in people under 30 who are ‘unmoored’ in some way.” But about why “the group’s slick videos and propaganda” continue to “resonate with people of all ages” he remains resolutely incurious, as the answer would lead him into examining the texts and teachings of Islam and how they are inculcated into believers, and the Obama administration is committed to the ridiculous but unquestionable dogma that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam, even in its recruitment techniques.
“FBI director: Number of IS cases in US has not dropped off,” by Amy Forliti, Associated Press, June 7, 2016 (thanks to Lookmann):
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — The director of the FBI said Tuesday that the Islamic State group is currently the main threat facing the United States, both in its efforts to recruit fighters to join its members overseas and to have others carry out violence in America.
Director James Comey said the IS group poses a third potential threat: a “terrorist diaspora” that he said will eventually flow out of Syria and Iraq and end up in Western Europe, where members will have easy access to the U.S.
“There’s three prongs to this ISIL threat,” Comey said. “The recruitment to travel, the recruitment to violence in place, and then what you saw a preview of in Brussels and in Paris – hardened fighters coming out, looking to kill people.”
He said officials are “laser-focused on that.”
Comey took questions from reporters Tuesday in the FBI’s Minneapolis office as part of a two-day visit to the region that included meetings with community leaders and local law enforcement….
Comey said the FBI is continuing to focus on the Islamic State group, and there are close to 1,000 open cases nationwide involving people at various stages of recruitment. He said the group’s slick videos and propaganda can resonate with people of all ages, but seem to draw in people under 30 who are “unmoored” in some way.
He said he hopes the FBI’s work, including the convictions in Minneapolis, will send a message that “there will be severe consequences for people who go down that path.”
Comey added that the number of active IS-related cases hasn’t decreased, but the number of people seeking to travel to Syria has dropped since the end of last summer – going from about six to 10 attempted travelers each month to about one or two.
He said he can’t pinpoint the reasons for the trend, but it’s possible people are traveling to other Islamic State outposts, have been deterred by the outcomes of other criminal cases, or have been stopped by families and community members.
Another – and more disturbing – possibility is that some are staying in the U.S. and looking to carry out violence here, Comey said.
“It’s good news the traveler numbers have come down,” he said. “I don’t know exactly what to make of it yet.”…