Fewer than 100 Americans probed for fighting in Syria, Iraq: U.S. Attorney General

OSLO Tue Jul 8, 2014 10:57am EDT

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder stands during a news conference in Washington June 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder stands during a news conference in Washington June 30, 2014.

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OSLO (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has opened fewer than a hundred investigations into American citizens who may have traveled to Syria or Iraq to fight, the U.S. Attorney General said on Tuesday.

"I would say it is less than 100 at this point. It is not precise," Eric Holder told reporters after meeting the Norwegian justice minister to discuss the issue of radicalization.

"We are concerned about our citizens leaving our shores to go to Syria, to Iraq, to be involved in the fight there and to potentially come back to the United States and do something of a criminal nature in our country."

(Reporting by Gwladys Fouche; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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Comments (8)
cornelius wrote:
I no longer have faith that this administration is on our side in the War on Terror.

Jul 08, 2014 10:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Doc62 wrote:
If you enter a foreign war zone and fight, you are embarrassing the USA. Your citizenship should be revoked. Assad/Khameni know how to deal with them. Oswald went for Russian training before he killed JFK. The Chechnya bros. went for terrorist training before Boston. Let’s ban travel or at least revoke passports. Why make it easy for Achmed?

Jul 08, 2014 11:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
divinargant wrote:
If their initial assessment to the public is fewer than 100 than you can bet that (in reality) it exceeds that number.

Jul 08, 2014 12:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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