FBI Director Comey: There Will Be a "Terrorist Diaspora" Out of Syria "Like We've Never Seen Before"


At a cybersecurity conference at Fordham University on Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey delivered some dire predictions for the future of terrorism in the United States and Western Europe resulting from an eventual defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

JAMES COMEY: At some point, there is going to be a terrorist diaspora out of Syria like we’ve never seen before. Not all of the Islamic State's killers are going to die on the battlefield. Hundreds and hundreds of them, when the coalition succeeds and I'm confident they will in crushing the Islamic State--through the fingers of the crush--are going to come hundreds of really dangerous people and they're going to flow out primarily towards Western Europe, but we might as well be right next door to Western Europe given the ease with which people can travel.

And this is an order of magnitude greater than any diaspora we've seen before. A lot of terrorists fled out of Afghanistan in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. This is 10 times that or more.

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