Lt. Gen. Michael Nagata, has given the reason why we are unlikely to be able to defeat ISIS any time in the near future. Many are shocked that it is because a large amount of the actual fighters are from “our own countries”. JIhadis are not just Iraq and Syria born, but coming from the US, UK, Europe and other Western places.
To defeat ISIS fully, we need to stop new fighters joining as the old ones are killed or imprisoned. If there is a never ending flow of fresh fighters, we may never win.
According to the Daily Caller:
“We are not going to end this threat this year,” said Nagata, while speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Wednesday, as reported by DOD news. “I don’t think we can identify a time horizon within which we will somehow contain and eliminate the ISIS-related foreign terrorist fighter problem. We can, if we do this properly we will, but it will take years to solve this problem.”
To combat the problem, the global community has engaged in a two phase response. First, was “simply recognizing we had a problem,” said Nagata. Second, was the sharing of intelligence so the identities of foreign fighters are “broadly known as possible everywhere in the world.”