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This week marks an important anniversary in the political lives of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Eight years ago, Hillary Clinton was dominating the young upstart from Illinois in the Democratic primaries. After a burst of excitement when Obama announced his candidacy, in February, 2007, his campaign flagged over the summer. He was down in the polls, his donors were complaining, and, hard as it is to believe now, he was even losing to Clinton among African-Americans.
“A lot of our supporters nationally were very concerned that we weren’t moving in the national polls,” Larry Grisolano, one of Obama’s top campaign strategists, told me.
Dan Pfeiffer, then the campaign’s deputy communications director, told me, “It’s crazy to think now, but the big narrative was whether Obama was tough enough to take on Clinton and whether he was black enough to win the African-American vote. That’s an actual debate we had in America. You could see the political world placing its bets on Hillary.”
Concern regarding ISIS’ continued use of the Internet to raise funds, spy on US, Coalition Forces, spread propaganda and recruit has been heightened. Authorities in the US are well aware of the impact recruitment has had on the battlefield and on ISIS operations, in general. And, in terms of radicalization, the common denominator seen in almost all cases is exposure to jihadist activity online. Simply reading and viewing extremist propaganda can spur the individual on to enlistment.
Almost all of ISIS’ recruitment in the US is done online.
Not all of these recruits go overseas to fight, however. Some remain in the West, with instructions indicating they can show their allegiance by launching attacks anywhere and at any time. Should the jihadist not know where to begin, periodically names and addresses of specific people to attack have been posted online.
Officials are right to be uneasy about ISIS’ massive recruitment campaign. At one point, ISIS had doubled its number of fighters. Recently, it was reported that there are now approximately 2,400 Russian nationals fighting with ISIS and around 3,000 Central Asian nationals fighting with the terrorist group. Add to that the 3,000-plus British terrorists who have advanced in the UK and are preparing to launch several deadly attacks. The Mirror reports that thousands of terror group suspects are being monitored by M15 and other anti-terror law enforcement. Due to the aggressive recruitment and rise of ISIS worldwide, the number of homegrown jihadists who are willing to carry out attacks in Britain has significantly risen in the past two years.