There is a decrease in American volunteers joining ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) as the terrorist group slowly loses its appeal to U.S. citizens as revealed by FBI Director James Comey.
“The brand has lost significant power in the U.S.,” Comey told a handful of reporters last Wednesday during a roundtable discussion.
“There’s no doubt that something has happened that is lasting, in terms of the attractiveness of the nightmare which is the Islamic State (ISIS) to people from the United States,” he added.
Last month, unearthed documents left by the terror group were pieced together by Aymenn al-Tamimi. They revealed that ISIS is already struggling in terms of managing their finances which effectively affects their recruitment process. There have been huge pay cuts for its members which also include monetary support for their families. The U.S. has started targeting the organization’s cash sources like their oil infrastructure and cash storage facilities in an effort to disrupt their machinery and weaken their capability to launch attacks.
But while Comey is happy about this recent development, he admits that their job in eliminating ISIS is not yet done.
“There’s still a presence online, and troubled people are still turning to this and at least being interested in it,” Comey furthered. “But they’ve lost their ability to attract people to their caliphate from the United States in a material way.”
Aside from the decline in new applicants, fighters who are already within the organization are also found to have lost their motivation getting into battle. Some of them are even trying to not be fielded out by seeking medical papers proving that they are unfit to be in missions. Other than monetary woes, the successive battlefield losses have also affected the morals of the fighters which in turn dissuades people from joining the group.
It also helps that the U.S. and other countries are putting a united front in trying to defeat ISIS. Despite numerous bombings worldwide last year up until early this year, there has been some sense of unity in trying to fend off the terrorist group.