By Liam Clancy
WASHINGTON – There are more than 23,000 potential Islamic terrorists in the U.K. alone, according to British security forces.
Before last month’s Manchester bombing, the U.K. released information detailing 500 live investigations into more than 3,000 suspected radical Islamists.
But the far worse reality of the situation has now emerged: At least 20,000 additional radical Islamists have been considered a “person of interest” by security forces, according to the Express.
One such “person of interest” was Salman Abedi, who was directly involved in the terror attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, on May 22.
Abedi killed 22 innocent people and injured another 116, including children, in the bombing.
Abedi was able to travel from the U.K. to Libya and return before committing the savage bombing, despite his status as a “person of interest.”
Investigations are underway to determine how this was possible, but British security forces claim that only a handful of cases can truly be monitored due to limited resources.
Even with the rise in terror attacks and the increase in terror suspects, British authorities have seemingly lessened anti-terror enforcement.
In 2015, British authorities arrested 282 people on terror-related offenses. In 2016, there were only 260 arrests. British authorities also have the power to question people entering or leaving the country, and yet the use of this power fell by 30 percent from 2015 to 2016.
In 2015, the power was used approximately 27,800 times, compared to 19,355 times in 2016.
The rise of Islamic extremism has led to similar situations around the world.
In France, a report published by the French Senate in March details the existence of 17,000 people classified by the government as a terrorist threat.
The French admit not all of these people are constantly monitored, and that many remain in the system because of “signs of radicalization.”
In 2016 alone, 89 people were killed and 453 people were injured by Islam-related terror attacks in France.
In Germany, federal police statistics indicate that the number of potential terrorists is increasing dramatically.
A recent report from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) states that there are currently 657 people capable of carrying out a terror attack.
These numbers include around 100 potential terrorists currently in jail, as well as 388 “relevant persons” who are considered at risk of lending material or other aid to terrorists.
According to the BKA, the number of potential terrorists has quadrupled since the beginning of the war in Syria and the subsequent refugee crisis.
Though not nearly as infiltrated as Europe, the United States struggles with monitoring radical Islamic extremists as well.
According to Fox News, nearly a third of the 1,000 FBI domestic terrorism cases involve those admitted to the U.S. as refugees. This is over 300 potential radicals in the United States, some linked with the terrorist group ISIS.
Several of these refugees have already struck the United States.
In November, Somali refugee Abdul Razak Ali Artan rammed his car into a crowd in Ohio. In a similar rampage, Somali refugee Dahir Adan injured nine people in a stabbing spree at a Minnesota mall.
Both attacks in the U.S., like many in Europe, were linked to Islam.
In 2015, former FBI Director James Comey expressed that the bureau was stretched thin by some 900 terror investigations – one can only imagine how overwhelmed the bureau is with even more cases today.
As for the situation in Europe, the outlook is even more bleak.
“We should expect the situation to get worse” said Paul Nehlen, author of the documentary film “Hijrah: Radical Islam’s Global Invasion.”
“The purpose of jihad is to spread Shariah law, the political and legal jurisprudence and doctrine of Islam,” Nehlen continued. “Authorities are more concerned with arguing the minutiae with President Trump than acknowledging their broad, dire situation. Mayor Khan and Prime Minister Theresa May would have you run and hide.
“Well, we’re Americans. We stand and fight. President Trump is right to awaken the spirits of Celtic warriors on the island. Someone has to.”