The eventual victory over Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) could lead to an increase of terrorist attacks in the West, FBI director James Comey said earlier in the week.
“At some point there is going to be a terrorist diaspora out of Syria like we’ve never seen before,” he told a cybersecurity conference at Fordham University.
“Not all of the Islamic State killers are going to die on the battlefield.” Some of them, he added, could end up in the US.
RT: How realistic is Comey’s prediction?
Michael Maloof: Comey’s prediction is right on. As ISIS loses territory, they’re going to be conducting more and more terror attacks. They’ve been actually training people to come back into the West and create this type of climate that we’re now seeing. They’ve infiltrated through migrant hordes that are coming into Western Europe. Unless we do something about the visa waiver program from these countries we’re going to have the same thing here. Even Americans who have gone out and come back in – we don’t know who they are. That can also create a problem. The US can’t identify all of them. We know some of them. And there are hundreds of them.
RT: Is there really a way to truly defeat IS, which appears to be more than a physical embodiment of a terror group, but an ideology?
MM: You can’t defeat an ideology until you get Muslim themselves to come up and basically say: “This can’t go on. We’ve got to stop it.” However, there’s an immediate problem, and that’s people coming up out of nowhere, lone wolves, hitting soft targets.
RT: How can the FBI hope to begin to track down those single actors?