They could be anywhere, and are likely plotting jihad massacres wherever they are. These men are enemy combatants, who gave their allegiance to an entity that has repeatedly insisted that it is at war with the United States. Those who have returned already should not have been allowed back in, and should be closely watched.
Note also this: “Renteria, who is of Mexican descent, grew up in Gilroy, California. He was raised Catholic but became a devout Muslim before fleeing to Syria in March 2014, when he was 24, according to NBC News.”
He became a devout Muslim and then joined the Islamic State? Doesn’t he know that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam? One hopes that H.R. McMaster is on the case, ready to set this young Misunderstander of Islam straight.
“The missing terrorists: Just SEVEN of 129 Americans who went to Iraq and Syria to fight for ISIS have returned home,” by Mary Kekatos, Dailymail.com, October 28, 2017:
More than 120 Americans who were recruited to fight for ISIS are unaccounted for, according to a new report.
This week, the Soufran Center – a Washington-based security intelligence consultancy – released ‘Beyond the Caliphate: Foreign Fighters and the Threat of Returnees’.
In the report, the agency said that at least 5,600 citizens or residents from 33 countries have returned home, making up approximately 15 per cent of ISIS’s fighters.
However, for the United States, of the 129 fighters who succeeded in leaving the country, only seven have returned home.
In 2015, the US government estimated that approximately one in five of the American fighters who fled to join ISIS were killed in war zones.
However, there are no exact numbers of how many were killed abroad or how many may have escaped into other countries – leaving the whereabouts of many unknown.
An FBI spokesperson told Fox News that 300 Americans have ‘traveled or attempted to travel to Syria and Iraq to participate in the conflict’ – including those have joined other armed groups, such as the US-backed People’s Protection Units, Peshmerga or Free Syrian Army.
‘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,’ the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson also said of the 300 US fighters, approximately 40 died after traveling to Iraq or Syria.
Among those still believed to be alive, but not named in the report, are Zakia Nasrin, Jaffrey Khan and Alberto Renteria.
Nasrin and Khan, both now 25, met online and married in 2014 before leaving Ohio for Syria. The last their families heard, the couple was working in a hospital in Raqqa and had a one-year-old daughter, reported NBC News.
Renteria, who is of Mexican descent, grew up in Gilroy, California. He was raised Catholic but became a devout Muslim before fleeing to Syria in March 2014, when he was 24, according to NBC News. His whereabouts since then are unclear.
Of the 5,000 residents of the European Union who flocked to Iraq and Syria, a quarter are believed to have returned home.
The countries with the highest number of foreign fighters included Jordan at 3,000 with around 50 returning home.
In France, 271 of 1,910 fighters have returned, and in Morocco, 198 have gone home out of 1,623….