European ISIS Fighters: EU doesn’t want them back

February 19, 2019 | Brainwave Science


U.S. is gearing up to eliminate the small remaining ISIS force in eastern Syria. Meanwhile,  there are thousands of European citizens detained in the war-torn nation. Syrian Democratic Forces, which control the northeast region of the country, estimates there are 800 Western men, 700 women and approximately 1,500 children detained in prisons and camps throughout the region. President Trump has demanded that Western countries accept Islamic State fighters and hold criminal proceedings in their home countries.

These fighters of European origin had joined the Islamic State and were later captured by the U.S. military. European countries are reluctant to allow those citizens to return. If the European Union countries refuse to take back their nationals, then the US will be forced to release them. Europe is already dealing with a massive migrant crisis and the ISIS fighters if released are expected to permeate Europe. There is a need for a solution to prevent these potentially dangerous individuals from escaping or dispersing.European ISIS Fighters

There is little or no judicial information to conduct trials. EU countries feel that prisoners should only be brought back if it was certain that they would face trial. Another reason is that their extradition is only possible if the suspects have consular access — a condition the governments cannot guarantee due to the armed conflict in Syria.European ISIS Fighters

The idea of going into Syrian or Iraqi prisons or refugee camps in search of citizens who voluntarily left to join ISIS is an extremely unattractive one for most EU countries. Canada has similar thoughts. Read the Scenario Analysis here.European ISIS Fighters

The U.K. government has opted to strip citizens who served as ISIS fighters of their citizenship rather than bring them back and attempt to prosecute them in court.European ISIS Fighters


The question of what to do with thousands of individuals now returning to Europe — either as prisoners or of their own volition — has been a sticky issue for the legal systems of the former fighters, their spouses and children. This issue has become important as the Islamic State’s control has continued to diminish throughout Syria and Iraq since the height of its power between 2013 and 2015. EU countries realize that the trials will be extremely difficult to realize. This is because the standards of a court of law are very rigorous and it is very challenging to gather evidence that will eventually lead to a conviction.

Even in cases where prosecutors achieve a conviction, most sentences are quite short — between three to five years. But most people who have returned home are not charged, not because Europeans are soft, but it’s a matter of not having the evidence.European ISIS Fighters

Additionally, in the early years of the rise of the Islamic State not only was it not illegal to travel to Syria, but most EU countries had no laws prohibiting citizens from joining ISIS or any terrorist organization abroad.European ISIS Fighters

The Syrian Defence Forces are not going to be able to hold foreign fighters in camps indefinitely and it is likely that they’ll escape or be released before they return to their countries of origin for an unlikely trial. Gathering evidence in Syria is difficult. The EU countries are right in saying that they would not like to risk the lives of diplomats and consular officers in a risky area like Syria and Iraq.

There must be a solution in which the investigative agencies can not only accurately gather intelligence from the arrested suspects and witnesses, without putting them through trauma. Modern science can help investigative agencies in solving this problem where there is a lack of evidence and high costs involved.


Brainwave Science, a company based in  Massachusetts, USA has introduced a iCognative tool which can help to quickly detect concealed information by measuring brain waves. Brainwave Science is at the forefront of innovation with this tool which is applicable to 85-90% of all civil and criminal cases. It is extremely helpful in a wide range of applications like national security, immigration crimes, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, border security, human and drug trafficking, insurance fraud, financial fraud, cybercrime, law enforcement.

This astounding new technology which has been tested by several U.S. federal government agencies and found to be over 99 % accurate. It provides an accurate and reliable process to conduct criminal investigations without invasive procedures and biases. Not only is iCognative extremely quick, but also costs much lesser than conventional investigation.

The memory areas of the human brain respond to the sight of familiar people, things and ideas with a distinct change in electrical activity.  The brain waves cannot lie. Brainwave Science has made use of this characteristic in iCognative.

Therefore, iCognative is fundamentally different from polygraphs. While polygraphs depend on the emotional response of the subject, iCognative depends only on brain information processing. This makes it objective, fair and reliable. Just as science matches fingerprints from the crime scene with a suspect’s fingerprints, and DNA matches biological samples from the crime with the suspect’s own DNA, iCognative matches information from the crime scene with information stored in the subject’s brain repository.

There are three possibilities here.

Case 1: The  EU countries extradite these persons and conduct trials

In the absence of evidence, only iCognative can help to properly interrogate them, find out the true extent of their wrongdoings, discover the linkages between criminals, exonerate victims and those who were trafficked into the ISIS, etc. All this can be done while avoiding any form of torture so that another ‘Guantanamo Bay’ does not happen.

Case 2: The fighters are freed by the existing US Forces

The freed fighters will move out, mostly into Europe or other places, and are likely to join or found terrorist groups there. This is because once a person has been radicalized, they find it very difficult to assimilate into society. iCognative can help screen these ‘terrorists’ when they try to enter a country. This is because iCognative can help immigration and border security agencies detect specific terrorist training and Bomb/IED making knowledge. Even if such persons resurface after decades, iCognative can detect radicalization amongst asylum seekers and those who are members of sleeper cells.

Case 3: The SDF strikes a deal with the Syrian Regime

If worse comes to worst, the SDF might just strike a deal with the regime of Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad, to turn the fighters and their children over for execution.

The regime can use iCognative to segregate the voluntary fighters from those who were forcibly brought there, and help exonerate the innocents if any.

All this is possible only if the agencies implement iCognative. An ideal scenario will be that this cutting edge technology is deployed globally.

Brainwave Science’s solution is the only solution which can help in all three cases discussed above. As we lay ISIS to rest, the adoption of iCognative will usher in a new era of quick, reliable and efficient justice.

Main Source: NPR