U.S. warns Europe of terror training
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder called on European nations on Tuesday to deal more aggressively with the threat posed by the thousands of Westerners who have traveled to Syria to join the fighting there.
In a speech for Norwegian diplomats in Oslo, Holder encouraged European countries to pass laws that make it illegal to prepare for or plan an act of terrorism; to conduct undercover operations to identify individuals planning a trip to Syria; to better share information and data with the United States and other countries about foreign fighters; and to develop programs to counter radical extremism.
“This is a global crisis in need of a global solution. The Syrian conflict has turned that region into a cradle of violent extremism,” Holder said in his speech, according to a copy of his prepared remarks. “But the world cannot simply sit back and let it become a training ground from which our nationals can return and launch attacks. And we will not.”
The speech, at the U.S. ambassador's residence, comes amid growing concerns about citizens from the United States and Europe who are traveling to Syria to join the fight against the Syrian government. U.S. officials fear those individuals, who are able to travel without visas between the United States and Europe, could easily return home radicalized and apply terrorist training received while in Syria.
Intelligence officials believe there are roughly 7,000 foreign fighters in Syria, including dozens of Americans, the attorney general said.
In May, a 22-year-old man from Florida carried out a suicide bombing mission in Syria. A Colorado woman who authorities say was intent on waging jihad in the Middle East was arrested in April as she boarded a flight she hoped would ultimately get her to Syria, according to court documents unsealed last week.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recently ordered the Transportation Security Administration to call for extra security measures at some international airports with direct flights to the United States.
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