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FBI director worries about impact of war in Syria

June 17, 2014
Associated Press

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — FBI Director James Comey says the impact of war in Syria is something he worries about every day.

Visiting the Minneapolis Division of the FBI on Tuesday, Comey said the problem of people leaving America to fight in Syria is not specific to one part of the U.S. But he says Minneapolis is a model for the rest of the country in working proactively to stop at-risk youth from becoming radicalized and leaving to fight.

Comey says the FBI has tracked about 100 people who've left the U.S. intending to go to Syria.

Local FBI spokesman Kyle Loven says they're believed to include a handful of Somali men from Minnesota.

The investigation is reminiscent of the travels of young men from Minnesota to join the terrorist group al-Shabab in Somalia.



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