Top NATO Commander says refugee crisis allows ISIS to “spread like cancer”

NATO’s top general held a news briefing yesterday, warning of the dangers posed by the massive and chaotic influx of refugees into Europe, claiming the movement of migrants across the continent is causing ISIS to “spread like a cancer”.

The statement was made during a Pentagon briefing on Monday, following a testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove stated that intelligence has shown that the staggering number of migrants of Syrian and Middle Eastern origin fleeing conflict “masks the movement of criminals, terrorists and foreign fighters (into Europe).”

Breedlove states that of 9000 foreign fighters that have gone to fight in the war-torn region, over 1500 have returned to Europe, causing alarm for European nations.

“In a situation where there are no jobs, or no way to address their desires and approach to life, they might use their skills in a bad way.”

“Within this mix, (ISIS) is spreading like a cancer, taking advantage of paths of least resistance and threatening European nations, and our own, with terrorist attacks,” he said.

The Supreme Allied Commander of Europe, Breedlove also criticized Russian intervention in Syria, citing their indiscriminate bombing of targets with unguided munitions.

When speaking of Russia, Breedlove said the Eastern superpower “poses a long-term and existential threat to the U.S. and our European allies” and that Russian intervention continues to thrive in Syria and the Ukraine.

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