Study finds increase in foreign fighters heading for Syria, Iraq

By REUTERS
September 29, 2015 18:09

WASHINGTON - Nearly 30,000 people, including more than 250 Americans, have left their countries to join militant Islamists fighting in Syria and Iraq, many with the Islamic State, according to a congressional study of the issue released on Tuesday.

The six-month study by Republicans and Democrats on the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee said the U.S. government lacks a strategy for combating such travel, and called for measures including better information sharing, within the United states and internationally.

Thirty thousand doubles the total estimated number of such fighters a year ago, when authorities also said about 100 Americans had joined, or tried to join the fighting in Syria and Iraq.

Several dozen of the fighters have made their way back to the United States, the report said.


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