Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) told an audience last week that up to 100 Americans have joined the fight with ISIS in Syria-Iraq. Bishop also said 40 of those who left the country have returned to the US.
“ISIS is a very, very complex and very, very dangerous threat… It clearly is a threat to the stability of the Middle East and a region that is already remarkably unstable… One of the concerns is the number of US citizens who have left our country to go and join ISIS. I believe there have been some number, up to a hundred that have done that. It is also believed that some 40 of those who left this country to join up with ISIS have now returned to our country. Those 40 are under FBI attention.”
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The Washington Free Beacon reported:
Rep. Tim Bishop (D., N.Y.) warned during a recent speech that up to 40 radicalized U.S. citizens who have fought alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) have already returned to the United States, where they could pose a terrorist threat.
Bishop claims that of the 100 or so Americans who have traveled to the Middle East to join ISIL’s ranks, some 40 have returned and are currently being surveilled by the FBI, according to his remarks, which were filmed and uploaded to YouTube last week.