Awesome: Foreign Fighter Pouring into Syria "Faster than Ever" (Guest Post by R. Shackleford)

Hi, it's me again, Rusty Shackleford. You may remember me as the guy in the comments who once kicked Greyrooster in the balls.

I saw this report and was so spookified that I thought I'd pass it on:

The rate of travel into Syria [by foreign fighters] is greater than we saw into Afghanistan prior to 9/11,” Randy Blake, a senior strategic advisor in the U.S. Office of Director of National Intelligence, said Tuesday during a panel at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference in Orlando, Florida. “It’s greater than anything we’ve seen into Afghanistan, into Yemen, into Somalia, into Iraq, or anything that we’ve seen in the last 10-year period.”

Blake said the number of Westerners heading to Syria to fight has risen so rapidly in recent weeks that a new law enforcement video shown at the four-day event is already out of date.

“The video said there are somewhere around 12,000 foreign fighters in Syria. We would update that number to about 16,000 foreign fighters who have traveled to Syria from over 80 countries,” Blake said, adding that roughly 2,000 of those fighters hail from Western countries -- including "at least 500 from the U.K, 700 from France, 400 from Germany, and more than 100 Americans [who] have traveled, or tried to travel into Syria.”

It's a good thing that we have a competent administration in the White House, one that doesn't craft it's security & counterterror policies based on polling numbers. If that were the case, this would be really really scary.

Posted by: Rusty at 10:56 AM


1 At this rate, carpet bombing starts to look awfully attractive.

Posted by: Gork at October 30, 2014 11:07 AM

2 If only we could sneak some detonating cellphone cameras into their supply chain.

Posted by: The Sanity Inspector at October 30, 2014 11:12 AM

3 Believe me...even at this guys never going to run out of Muslim

Posted by: KIM at October 30, 2014 12:31 PM

4 IF, we had a govt. with cahones, the whole area there could be called a 'free fire area' and we could give a huge number of jihadis from around the world their wet dream. All the virgin fire ants they can stand.

Posted by: Kafiroon at October 30, 2014 02:04 PM

5 If we wait another six months the IS will have executed every civilian that doesn't support them anyhow, so yeah let's go ahead and depersonalize northern Syria right now. We can use drones and charge people $100 an hour to control them thus making The Program pay for itself. I'm certain a Reaper can be controlled by a PS2... the kids are going to love this.

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at October 30, 2014 02:53 PM

6 and Howie, are you farming out your blog responsibilities to this Shackalferd guy? Can we trust him?

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at October 30, 2014 03:00 PM

7 I need a raise Howie!

Posted by: Rusty's Stinky Sock Puppet at October 30, 2014 04:19 PM

8 Amen brother Shackleford!

I'll give you say, all the sites revenue this month.

Posted by: Howie at October 30, 2014 08:18 PM

9 Is there anyway we Can send greyrooster over there?

Posted by: Miss So Totally Done at October 30, 2014 08:24 PM

10 @Saxxon, No, no at all ;-)

Posted by: Howie at October 30, 2014 08:36 PM

11 Raise him up, Howie. Raise him up. That oughta do it for R. Shekel-ford.

Posted by: Bubbe at October 31, 2014 11:56 AM

12 "Hi, it's me again, Rusty Shackleford. You may remember me as the guy in the comments who once kicked Greyrooster in the balls."
Dayum! Do you have pictures of this? I need a new desktop background.......

Posted by: MtTB at October 31, 2014 03:46 PM

13 You and me both MtTB. I want the video!!

Posted by: Bubbe at November 01, 2014 02:03 PM

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