The Syrian Kurds and Arab militias have gotten hold of over 10,000 documents along with 4.5 terabytes of digital data over the past several weeks. while fighting the scumcrumpets in Manbiji in northern Syria near the Turkish border. This is a major hub for jihadists entering and leaving Syria.
The data gives us new information about "foreign fighters, the networks, where they're from," said Brett McGurk (no relation to Bernie McGurk of Imus radio fame) an Obama special envoy for combating ISIS.
Other officials say the information includes the jihadists' identities, countries of origin, routes into Syria and the illicit networks that recruited and transported them to the region. This information is being shared with allies to help decrease the flow of militants.
"We want to make sure that all information is disseminated in a coherent way among our coalition partners, so that we can track the networks from the core and all the way to wherever the dots might connect, whether that is in Europe or in North Africa or Southeast Asia," McGurk said at a meeting of foreign and defense ministers in Washington.
This is the largest single data treasure seized against ISIS since Delta Force commandos raided the home of a top ISIS financier in eastern Syria in May 2015. That operation netted laptops, cellphones and other materials that resulted in airstrikes against the top ISIS leaders and showed us how ISIS manages its finances and brokers deals with hostages and the like.
American intelligence (which immediately disqualifies most liberals) estimated that about 43,000 jihadists from over 120 countries--including 250 Americans among 7,400 Westerners--have gone or attempted to go to Syrian and Iraq since 2011.
In spite of the tightening of Turkey's borders, it's estimated that there still may be as many as 500 to 1,000 jihadists a month pouring in, with hundreds of others heeding the ISIS call to go to Libya or Afghanistan instead, just as long as they can carry out their religious war in those countries.
Jean-Paul Laborde, a UN assistant secretary general and head of its counterterrorism committee, said that about 30,000 foreign fighters remain in Syria and Iraq--a hell of a lot more than Western intelligence estimated, and added that "we are seeing them return, not only to Europe, but to all of their countries of origin, like Tunisia, Morocco."
Meanwhile back at home, Obama is painting a rosy picture of the world because, well, he doesn't want you voting for Donald Trump.