The Biden Administration appears determined to make the same foreign policy mistakes that led to ISIS establishing a caliphate in the Middle East and prolonging the War on Terror. Recent reports indicate that U.S. military leaders grow frustrated with so-called refugee camps infested with radical Islamic extremists swaying youths to take up jihad.
“They’re being radicalized every day by ISIS even as they provide basic services to keep the camp running,” Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, reportedly said. “It’s very hard to break that cycle.”
Gen. McKenzie reportedly went on the record indicating that ISIS influencers in refugee camps could prompt another resurgence. During the Obama years, Joe Biden was tasked with the draw-down of U.S. forces in the region. Despite the insistence of boots-on-the-ground military leaders, the former vice president ignored recommendations for troops to remain in place. Former President Barack Obama made his now-infamous remarks that ISIS was a “JV team.” That second string outfit overran cities, towns, and villages, subjecting peaceful people to horrors. Obama and Biden then handcuffed the military and prolonged a ground war for years. Former President Donald Trump’s military strategy promptly smashed ISIS and the caliphate within one year.
But a marked increase in terrorist activities has occurred since Biden took office. Although the mainstream American media has mostly ignored ISIS regrouping, Kurdish troops in the region have been forced to act decisively. Recent reports from outside the dishonest American media indicate that upwards of 6,000 Kurdish soldiers, joined by Syrian Democratic Forces and Asayish police, entered a detention facility in northeast Syria. The 15-day operation targeted ISIS sleeper cells that were actively recruiting young Muslims to engage in jihad.
The refugee camp is supposed to provide safety and security for upwards of 70,000 mostly Muslim women and children. Many were taken to the facility after the fall of the ISIS caliphate and have yet to be repatriated. Like the vacuum created by the first Obama-Biden exit, ISIS has increasingly easy access to destitute and vulnerable youths.
“Preventing future generations of Daesh (ISIS) from growing at the camp will ensure the enduring mission to defeat Daesh,” U.S. Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Wayne Marotto reportedly tweeted.
But the facts on the ground point to a disturbing surge in localized ISIS power. Reports indicate the violent insurgency advocated for by ISIS has taken root in the massive camp. More than 40 murders have occurred, and at least 40 of the victims suffered the ISIS trademark of beheading. These killings mirror the methods used by ISIS to control the population.
The widows of ISIS commanders were lumped in with the extremists’ victims. Some remain in place to brainwash women and young males into the cause, while others have already been smuggled out. Reports from the region point to ISIS actively rebuilding its caliphate.
“They all say they want to go home,” one official reportedly said under a pseudonym to protect her identity from ISIS. “The truth is they want to go to Idlib because Islamic State is rebuilding its caliphate there.”
Attacks from insurgents surged in February, and it appears another endless war is brewing as the Biden Administration backs Iran and Hamas over American allies.