Brussels jihad mass murderer fired rifle at police in 2010, was sentenced to nine years in prison
By Robert Spencer / Jihad Watch
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“Nearly 40,000 jihadists from around the world have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq with groups like ISIS,” said Chairman Michael McCaul. “Today the House acted decisively to shut down the jihadist superhighway that allows extremists to get to their safe havens—and return to the West, prepared to strike America and our allies. This legislation will streamline and elevate U.S. efforts to combat terrorist travel and make sure we are focusing our attention where it is needed most. I would like to thank Chairman Ed Royce, Rep. Lee Zeldin, and Rep. John Katko for their leadership on this issue.”The bill requires departments and agencies to work together to stop terrorist travel - something that should have been done long ago. It also establishes minimal international standards to defeat terrorism and gives the secretary of state the authority to withhold aid to foreign governments that do not meet those guidelines.
The Islamic State group has trained at least 400 fighters to target Europe in deadly waves of attacks, deploying interlocking terror cells like the ones that struck Brussels and Paris with orders to choose the time, place and method for maximum carnage, The Associated Press has learned.
The network of agile and semiautonomous cells shows the reach of the extremist group in Europe even as it loses ground in Syria and Iraq. The officials, including European and Iraqi intelligence officials and a French lawmaker who follows the jihadi networks, described camps in Syria, Iraq and possibly the former Soviet bloc where attackers are trained to attack the West. Before being killed in a police raid, the ringleader of the Nov. 13 Paris attacks claimed to have entered Europe in a multinational group of 90 fighters, who scattered "more or less everywhere."
Estimates range from 400 to 600 Islamic State fighters trained specifically for external attacks, according to the officials. Some 5,000 Europeans have gone to Syria.