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Syrian Militants Recruit Americans

Wonder how this pitch goes: Islamic militants with ties to al Qaeda in Syria are working to recruit and train Americans and other Westerners who have gone to the region and would implement attacks when they return to their home countries. Over 70 Americans have either traveled to Syria or tried to since the war started. “We know Al Qaeda is using Syria to identify individuals they can recruit, provide them additional indoctrination so they’re further radicalized, and leverage them into future soldiers, possibly in the U.S.,” said a counterterrorism official. As a result, the FBI is running 24/7 surveillance on individuals who return from Syria.