US Spy Chief Says 40 Americans Who Returned From Syria Don't Pose Security Threat

March 3, 2015 8:08 AM

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US Spy Chief Says 40 Americans Who Returned From Syria Don't Pose Security Threat

James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, said on Monday that about 40 Americans had returned to the U.S. from Syria, out of the nearly 180 who had traveled to conflict-ridden nation. Clapper added that not all the Americans who had gone to Syria had joined militants like the Islamic State group, and none of those who had returned currently pose a threat to American security.

The U.S. and its Western allies believe that over 20,000 foreign fighters from over 90 countries have gone to Syria, according to a Reuters report. Many of them have reportedly become members of militant groups such as ISIS, which has captured large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq.

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