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Trickle of Returning Foreign Fighters Could Frustrate West for Decades

They left their homes by the thousands, multiple waves of supporters and would-be foreign fighters who abandoned lives of relative comfort in the West to fight in Iraq and Syria — the majority ultimately aligning with the Islamic State terror group. Now, with IS's self-declared caliphate in tatters, new studies are painting a complex picture of the threat the survivors pose to their home countries. And it runs contrary to what many Western intelligence officials first...

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