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Former FBI assistant director expects to see ISIS fighters disperse across the world

Orlando gunman and suspected ISIS sympathizer Omar Mateen. (Source: WMBF News) Orlando gunman and suspected ISIS sympathizer Omar Mateen. (Source: WMBF News)
Former FBI assistant director Chris Swecker. (Source: WMBF News) Former FBI assistant director Chris Swecker. (Source: WMBF News)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A former FBI assistant director in the criminal investigative division said people should be vigilant after the Orlando shooting.

“I think we’re in for a very rough summer in Europe and in the United States,” said  Chris Swecker.

He said ISIS is getting pushed back on the battlefield in the Middle East, so the group is looking to gain ground anywhere else. Swecker said we could expect to see ISIS fighters dispersing across the globe with their mindset of waging Jihad. And the group is working non-stop to attract other ideological fighters with convincing online and social media campaigns.

Swecker said ISIS is also taking advantage of refugees as they move to the United States. "They are well-known to blend their operatives in the ex-pat community, refugee community. They're doing it in Europe right now. We're letting some of the refugees in. I just hope we're vetting them to a level we feel good about letting them into the country,” said Swecker.

There have already been attempted attacks in the immediate aftermath of the Orlando shooting. Swecker said this is when everyone needs to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the FBI. But he also encourages everyone not to let the terrorists win by living in fear.

“Go about your daily lives,” urged Swecker. “Don’t give in to these terrorists – that’s what they want. But be alert and aware and willing to pick up the phone when you see something.”

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