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Officials Failing to Stop People From Joining ISIS

Congressional investigators allege that, in the past four years, the federal government has been unable to prevent more than 250 U.S. citizens from leaving the country and attempting to join ISIS.

The Daily Mail reported that a recently completed study indicated about 30,000 people from around the world have traveled to Iraq or Syria to ally themselves with the Islamic State and other militant groups.

“The findings are concerning,” Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said. “We are losing in this struggle to keep Americans from the battlefield.”

The investigators charged the Obama administration with failing to enact a strategy for stopping Americans from flying overseas to help terrorists. They also reported that officials have not identified those who returned to the United States to commit attacks, or adequately responded to the militants’ recruitment activities.

“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 report stated. “Several dozen have also managed to make it back into America.”

McCaul added: “'We spend billions of dollars to kill terrorists and keep them out of the United States, but we spend very little on prevention from within; outreach to U.S. communities. A lot of this could be stopped by prevention if we had outreach to these communities.”

Photo: Middle East Monitor

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