“Despite concerted efforts to stem the flow, we have largely failed to stop Americans from traveling overseas to join jihadists,” the report determined.
The report referred to as urgently for a nationwide technique for combating the menace from such fighters, with higher info sharing inside the United states and internationally.
It said dozens have been able to successfully return to the United States.
‘The findings are concerning; we are losing in this struggle to keep Americans from the battlefield, ‘ House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul said Tuesday after his committee released the 65-page report. Since 2011, more than 25,000 foreigners from the United States and other countries have traveled to Syria to join the group, with at least 7,000 of those joining the ranks since December 2014.
Authorities have failed to interdict the majority of Americans who have travelled to join foreign conflicts. It also found there is too little assistance providing local communities with the ability to spot warning signs.
“We spend billions of dollars to kill terrorists and hold them out of america, however we spend little or no on prevention from inside, outreach to D.J. communities”.
Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd, who worked for nine years as an undercover CIA agent, said that while coordination between agencies fighting to prevent attacks on USA soil still needs work, he said he’s noticed improvements.
The bipartisan investigation concluded that in nearly 80 percent of cases, US foreign fighter aspirants were influenced by online Islamic State Group propaganda.
Additionally, the survey looked at Islamic State militants’ use of social media to recruit foreigners, with McCaul noting that there are 200,000 Islamic State tweets on Twitter every day.
Targets near Hawija bore the brunt of the barrage in Iraq, with eight strikes hitting a tactical unit and destroying a staging area, 45 Islamic State fighting positions and buildings and vehicles, the Combined Joint Task Force said in the statement released on Wednesday.
The study also criticized foreign governments, particularly in Europe, for failing to take measures such as screening travelers against terrorism watchlists or trying to identify forged passports.