TheBlaze’s national security advisor Buck Sexton appeared on The Glenn Beck program Monday to draw attention to a “counterterrorism catastrophe” that he said many in the media are failing to adequately address — a series of international al-Qaeda-linked prison breaks that freed over a thousand criminals across the Middle East and North Africa.
“I think [if] people understood what this was, they would be much more frightened of this than any sort of nebulous threat that’s out there right now. This is a counterterrorism catastrophe,” Sexton began.
He continued: “You had a prison break at Abu Ghraib in Iraq in which 500, they estimate, hardened al-Qaeda fighters are now on the loose…These are individuals who have fought against U.S. forces on the ground, they have extensive bomb-making skills, they have networks in place for international jihad. That alone would be cause for major concern, but oh, Glenn, in the same week there were over a thousand people who got free from a prison in Benghazi…And oh in that same week in northern Pakistan, a prison was overrun…”
“These were all very complex operations,” Sexton added, noting that a series of coordinated prison breaks in separate countries in just one week requires an immense degree of coordination and planning.