U.S. Intel Chief: Roughly 40 Americans Have Returned from Syria

TIME

About 40 Americans have returned from the jihadi battlefields of Syria—but they don’t pose a threat to American security, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on Monday.

Clapper said during a question-and-answer session at the Council of Foreign Relations in New York City that around 180 Americans have attempted to or have succeeded in traveling to Syria since the ongoing conflict began. But he said that the Americans who have returned went for “humanitarian purposes or some other reasons that don’t relate to plotting” and they have not shown “nefarious” intentions.

“If they come back, and they are not involved in plotting, or don’t have nefarious purpose, that’s their right and privilege as an American citizen to come back,” Clapper said. The office of the Director of National Intelligence did not immediately respond to a request for more information.

About 20,000 foreign fighters from more than 90 countries are…

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