Americans suspected of terrorism are being held in multiple countries.
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The attacks suggest both the danger posed by foreign fighters and the importance of government efforts in stopping them.
Over the past week, Global News Canada has released a series of reports from Syria detailing the detention of Muhammed Ali (aka Abu Turaab Al-Kanadi), a high-profile Canadian Islamic State (ISIS) member, by Kurdish forces inside the country. Journalist Stewart Bell and researcher Amarnath Amarasingam travelled to Syria where they interviewed Ali and several other Canadians held in a makeshift detention center in the northeastern part of the state.
The U.S. and the international community more broadly lack a strategy to bring to justice citizens who go abroad to fight with ISIS.
The Islamic State's foreign fighters are leaving Iraq and Syria, but they're not always going home. Some states are deporting them, and then they disappear.
Returning foreign fighters will return to the criminal networks they knew before going to Iraq and Syria. That's where European authorities should be looking for them.
We should prepare for an increase in violence from individuals who might have traveled abroad to fight on behalf of the Islamic State but who ultimately remain in their home countries.
The good news is that the Islamic State is on the ropes. But too often, U.S. tactical success in the Middle East precedes strategic failures. The United States and its partners must prepare now to exploit the very real gains they are making.
Marc Hecker explains the need for a unified European response to the terrorism threat facing the continent.