A newly released poll finds that one in five Syrians think that ISIS is having an overall positive effect on their nation. Further, over 80 percent in both Iraq and Syria believe ISIS is a foreign/American made group.
Syria has been under the dictatorship of the al-Assad family since 1971, with other dictatorships and military rules in the immediate decades prior. The country has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with ISIS and other anti-Assad regime factions seeking to gain supremacy. President Bashar al-Assad is backed by Iran and Russia.
The poll was conducted by ORB International, a British marketing firm, between June 10 and July 2. “ORB interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1365 adults across all 14 governorates throughout Syria – including those under the control of ISIL,” according to the company’s website.
As for the over 4 million refugees that have fled the country, one Middle Eastern official believes at least two percent, or one in 50, could be radicals. “Asked if IS – also known as Isil and Isis – could be sending militants under cover of being refugees,” Lebanese Education Minister Elias Bou Saab told reporters: “Yes, they bring some people, the smugglers. They organise groups and send them out,” according to the Belfast Telegraph.
Reuters reports that Lebanon has taken in over one million refugees (one in four people in the country). Saab recounted: “When the Lebanese army were kidnapped in Lebanon, the people who kidnapped them came out of the camps. We had them in camps in Lebanon and we were taking care (of them) and all of a sudden they came out of the camps, they went against the army, they kidnapped the soldiers and they took them to the mountains.”
As reported by Western Journalism, the Obama administration announced last week that it plans to increase the number of Syrian war refugees admitted into the United States over sixfold during the next fiscal year.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest stated that the U.S. will have admitted approximately 1500 refugees by the end of this fiscal year on Sept. 30. During the next fiscal year, it will “accept at least 10,000 refugees,” he said.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued a statement following the Obama administration’s announcement which reads in part:
“…before agreeing to accept tens of thousands of Syrian refugees, the Obama administration must prove to the American people that it will take the necessary precautions to ensure that national security is a top priority, especially at a time when ruthless terrorist groups like ISIS are committed to finding ways to enter the United States and harm Americans.”