September 30, 2015
The Obama administration has failed to stop more than 250 Americans who have traveled to join ISIS, according to a congressional study.
Republicans and Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee conducted an extensive six-month review to assess the severity of the threat from those leaving home to join jihadist groups and to identify potential security gaps
“It is clear that our nation faces a grave and growing threat from foreign fighters,” Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said in a statement. “Sadly, global efforts have failed to stop the flow of these aspiring jihadists into Syria, and we have already seen ‘returnees’ from the conflict zone come home to America and Europe and plot acts of terror. Even more, those still on the battlefield are radicalizing their peers online and inciting them to launch homegrown attacks.”
The final report shows that of the hundreds of Americans who have attempted to travel to Syria and Iraq, only a fraction were stopped from doing so.
The report also said the Obama administration lacked a strategy to identify all who try to return to commit terror attacks, saying: “Several dozen have also managed to make it back into America.” It noted that several people were identified and arrested this year trying to return to the United States.
Said Democratic Lead Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-CA, “The Task Force’s report was done in a bipartisan manner and provides bipartisan proposals. These are real threats, requiring real solutions and commitments. Moving forward, it is critical that we continue to tackle this problem together in order to facilitate action and progress.”
This article was posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 10:37 am