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Scary New Report Reveals How Many Americans Have Tried To Join ISIS

Scary New Report Reveals How Many Americans Have Tried To Join ISIS

By Randy DeSoto for Western Journalism

According a recently released report by the House Homeland Security Committee, 15 of the 58 Americans who sought to join ISIS since the start of the Syrian war were from Minnesota.

Fifteen is the most from any state. MInneapolis-St. Paul reporter Tom Lyden told Fox News: “You know the groundwork for this was really set back in 2007. We have a very large Somali community here, about 100,000 people, and a very small part of that community was radicalized back in 2007. We had 24 people leave Minnesota to go fight for the terrorist group Al Shabaab in Somali.”

According to the Homeland Security Committee’s report, the trend of Americans seeking to travel to Syria has been upwards over the last few years.

  • Despite concerted efforts to stem the flow, we have largely failed to stop Americans from traveling overseas to join jihadists. Of the hundreds of Americans who have sought to travel to the conflict zone in Syria and Iraq, authorities have only interdicted a fraction of them.
  • The U.S. government lacks a national strategy for combating terrorist travel and has not produced one in nearly a decade.
  • Gaping security weaknesses overseas—especially in Europe—are putting the U.S. homeland in danger by making it easier for aspiring foreign fighters to migrate to terrorist hotspots and for jihadists to return to the West.
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