The terrorist group ISIS has been recruiting young men and women from different parts of the world for a few years. The European’s have been the main recruiting grounds for the ISIS militants. The terrorist group that has been growing since 2011 in Syria has been gaining newcomers from Europe and they trained them to be radical and out of control. According to CNN, “This year the U.S. government has reported that 62 individuals have tried to join ISIS. Out of the 62 individuals 1/5 of them are women, and they are said to be from all different ethnicity and nationalities. A quarter of them were teenagers, and the youngest was fifteen” (Bergen). Socialists and analysts have reported that the people wanting to join ISIS search on social media like twitter or online Islamic web pages and have played a large role in the recruitment of American teens. The threats from the terrorist group have been a reality as of last week, and more are being broadcast on the web that have the U.S. on target.
On Friday the 13th of November 2015 in Paris, France- CNN reported that, “three teams of gun-wielding ISIS suicide bombers hit six busy locations” (McLaughlin). On Friday night in Paris it is a busy place, and a lot of people are out and about. There was a soccer game going on, a concert, people eating dinner, walking around, and many other activities were happening in Paris. The ISIS militants planned a massive attack on Paris which happened to be on a Friday the 13th too. CNN reported that “129 people died in the attacks, also the French police are asking for the public’s help with a passport they found at the stadium. The passport is an emergency passport identifying a man by the name Ahmad al Muhammad, and they are saying that this is not his real name that he has a fake passport. The man Ahmad al Muhammad came in to the country as a refugee from Syria, he first was reported in Greece in 2011” (McLaughlin). The President of France, Francois Hollande says his country “is at war”, and is going to pound ISIS targets in Syria with airstrikes.
Here in the U.S., President Obama ordered the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program to accept refugees from Syria in to the United States. There are Governors writing letters to the President saying, we will not accept any refugees from Syria, it is not safe for our citizens. There are 31 state governors that are publicly refusing to take in Syrian refugees, and 6 state governors that are willing to have refugees live in their state. CNN reported, The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Monday, “Defeating ISIS involves projecting American ideals to the world. Governors who rejectthose fleeing war and persecution abandon our ideals and instead project our fears to the world” (Fantz and Brumfield). In 2011 the U.S. accepted 1,500 Syrian refugees, and the Obama administration announced in September that 10,000 refugees from Syria will be accepted next year. I sure hope this is a good thing, but I guess we will find out in the next year. We know who to blame if a terrorist attack happens here in the U.S., and I have a list of government officials in mind. I hope for the best America!
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Fantz, Ashley and Ben Brumfield. More than half the nation’s governors say Syrian refugees not welcome. 17 11 2015. Web. 17 11 2015.
McLaughlin, Elliott C. Paris attacks investigation: Latest developments. 17 11 2015. Web. 17 11 2015.
Mullen, Jethro, et al. Google Maps Paris. 16 11 2015. Web. 17 11 2015.