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US: American fighters in Syria a security risk
Washington Post ^ | November 30, 2013 | By Associated Press

Posted on 11/30/2013 5:04:57 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee

RALEIGH, N.C. — Federal officials say Americans are joining the bloody civil war in Syria, raising the chances they could become radicalized by al-Qaida-linked militant groups and return to the U.S. as battle-hardened security risks.

The State Department says it has no estimates of how many Americans have taken up weapons to fight military units loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad in the conflict that has killed more than 100,000 people over 2 ½ years. Other estimates — from an arm of the British defense consultant IHS Jane’s and from experts at a nonprofit think tank in London — put the number of Americans at a couple dozen. The IHS group says al-Qaida-linked fighters number about 15,000, with total anti-Assad force at 100,000 or more.

This year, at least three Americans have been charged with planning to fight beside Jabhat al-Nusrah — a radical Islamic organization that the U.S. considers a foreign terrorist group — against Assad. The most recent case involves a Pakistan-born North Carolina man arrested on his way to Lebanon.

At a Senate homeland security committee hearing this month, Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Del., said: “We know that American citizens as well as Canadian and European nationals have taken up arms in Syria, in Yemen and in Somalia. The threat that these individuals could return home to carry out attacks is real and troubling.”

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1 posted on 11/30/2013 5:04:57 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee

And yet, the nine year old in the White House can send them arms and cash. Can we try him too?

He’s the guy I’m worried about, carrying out bad things on our soil.


2 posted on 11/30/2013 5:11:24 PM PST by DoughtyOne (May his name be striken from every tablet, stone, building, and never be said again short of blame!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

This article is designed to give cover for US black ops on the side of Al Qaeda. We already know Obama supports Al Qaeda. Dead Americans have to be explained.

As in Mission Impossible: “As always, should you or any of your IM force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions.”


3 posted on 11/30/2013 5:11:45 PM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

I would like to go to Syria to fight for the Christians, but we already know that Obama has sentenced them to genocide.


4 posted on 11/30/2013 6:35:41 PM PST by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: Venturer
FrontPage 8-4-13:

Obama Ignored Syrian Christian Requests for Weapons

What does it take to pry some weapons out of Obama’s clenched little fists? He’ll give weapons to the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt, but not to its military. He’ll give weapons to the Muslim Brotherhood militias in Syria, but not the Syrian Christians who are only asking for weapons to defend themselves.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/obama-ignored-syrian-christians-request-for-weapons/

5 posted on 11/30/2013 6:55:11 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Well that doors wide open but I doubt this administration
and it’s military leaders will take advantage of it.


6 posted on 11/30/2013 6:59:12 PM PST by Slambat
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To: Brad from Tennessee

It would be easy for the Christian to receive arms from this administration. The request must be written in Spanish with the understanding that the arms will be used exclusively for the protection of uncertified pharmacologists. “Americans” and “Europeans” traveling to fight in Syria might become radicalized? I am sure that many moderates are on their way. The survivors will return to “their” countries. Be prepared. There will be blood. No, I am not a rocket scientist, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night. I suppose the Ivy League experts who run the show have not anticipated this.


7 posted on 11/30/2013 7:04:13 PM PST by Vehmgericht
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Isn't fighting in a foreign war one of the few ways you can lose your citizenship? Not that Obama would enforce that law against any of the heroes of his jihad.
8 posted on 11/30/2013 8:10:48 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

He will give weapons to the drug cartels in Mexico, but no guns for Christians.


9 posted on 12/01/2013 3:38:40 AM PST by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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