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Study Finds Minimal Short-Term Threat from US Foreign Fighters

U.S. citizens and residents who left their homes to join extremist groups fighting in Syria and Iraq appear to pose little immediate threat to the homeland, with only a handful even returning from the battlefront, according to a new study. The multi-year effort by George Washington University’s Program on Extremism identified 64 so-called travelers who fought or otherwise supported Islamic State, al-Qaida and other groups in Syria and Iraq. Of those, only 12 travelers are known to have...

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