This is a very disturbing article. It appears ISIS is gaining more steam than we thought and this could be one of the most destabilizing influences in a region already devastated by constant war and power jockeying.
"The international community didn't act, Ibrahim explains, so the global jihadi response has become overwhelming. And for many, the crossing itself is a religious experience.
Ibrahim said: "When they get to the fence, they kneel and cry, they weep, like they've just met something more precious to them than their own family. They believe this land, Syria, is where God's judgment will come to pass.""
"Many of these devout Muslims believe they are joining the final battle prophesied as happening in Syria -- known as al-Sham -- which will herald the end of the world. The recruits are ecstatic; they never thought this final fight would come in their lifetime."
This could perhaps be a huge millenarian tinder box waiting to erupt on the border of NATO and Israel...what a shame we didn't do more at the onset. Foreign policy fail.
Al Qaeda-linked group gains strength on NATO's border - CNN.com