Department of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson today reiterated the administration’s growing concern about Western fighters flocking to Syria to join jihadist rebel factions there.
Johnson fears that the thousands of Western fighters are being recruited by al-Qaeda factions within Syria, and will eventually be sent on to attack the US, using their Western passports to provide them access that would be difficult for most of the jihadists.
He’s not the first to express such concerns, and the ever-growing number of citizens from Western nations popping up in Syria have a lot of countries fearing the same thing.
The US has arrested a handful of fighters who have returned from Syria, as have nations like Britain, but the number leaving is far outpacing the number returning, and it remains unclear how well the US is actually able to keep track of who is and isn’t in Syria.
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