Will US passport-carrying mercenaries bring jihad home?
The self-proclaimed caliph of the Muslim world, by all accounts, was an unremarkable insurgent and street tough in 2009 when he was released from an American military detention facility in Iraq.
“I’ll see you guys in New York,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reportedly said to his American captors, Army Military Police reservists from Long Island, who at the time shrugged off the remark as little more than a lame joke, according to published reports.
Four years later, al-Baghdadi’s comment sounds much more sinister, a not-so-thinly-veiled threat, as he now heads what is arguably the world’s most powerful and ruthless terrorist organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Key to his dream of bringing jihad to the West is the involvement of sympathizers from the United States and other Western countries, who hold Western passports and might be able to travel to those countries…
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