Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security
“Assessing the Threat to the Homeland from Al-Qaeda Operations in Iran and Syria”
Western radicals could be learning terrorism skills in Syrian conflict
Americans and Europeans have been joining al Qaeda-affiliated groups in Syria in increasing numbers,
“Syria is becoming a training ground for foreign fighters,” Seth Jones, a former U.S. Special Operations liaison, told lawmakers during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing.
“Syria is attracting a cadre of foreign fighters who could return home with the ability and intention” to commit terrorism in America and Europe, said Jones, currently a counterterrorism expert for RAND, a think-tank that provides analysis to the U.S. Armed Forces.