Intelligence officials say that the number of Americans who have gone to Syria to join the Islamist rebels is rising “steadily,” but still remains a relatively small fraction of the overall fighting force.
They estimate “dozens” of Americans have either gone to Syria or attempted to go to Syria to join the rebellion – a surprisingly small number considering estimates put the overall presence of foreign rebel fighters at upwards of 11,000.
It’s also small compared to some EU nations like Germany, which estimated some 200 fighters from their nation heading to Syria to join al-Qaeda. The problem is the same, however.
It’s not so much what happens in Syria, but rather what happens afterwards, when US citizens return home from the war with all sorts of al-Qaeda contacts and training. The US has arrested some who have gone to Syria to fight with the rebels, but the estimate of “dozens” seems low enough that it raises questions if the US even knows how many are there, let alone is keeping tabs on them all.
2 thoughts on “Officials: Dozens of Americans Have Tried to Join Syria Rebels”
they can join the dead ones
It shouldn't matter how many Americans are going to fight with them; since we're actively supplying them with weapons and materiel that makes them de facto allies and there shouldn't be a problem with helping our allies, right? Maybe the fighters should just give up their US citizenship and blend in with the jihadists so they can fight unmolested by the US; if they want to come back later they can always reapply for citizenship or, even better, sneak in through Mexico and wait for amnesty to drop and become citizens again automatically.
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