1 July 2014, 03:35

Militants fought in Syria and Iraq posing threat to US

Militants fought in Syria and Iraq posing threat to US

Europeans, who fought on the side of the militants in Syria and Iraq, are threatening the security of the United States. This was stated by the US President Barack Obama to the ABC TV Channel. According to Obama, "They're gaining strength in some places." In an interview to "This Week", which was aired this Sunday, the President stated, "We’ve seen Europeans who are sympathetic to their cause traveling into Syria and now may travel into Iraq, getting battle-hardened. Then they come back."

One of the measures that are likely to be introduced in the near future is tightening airport security checks. Obama administration considers it dangerous to let Europeans who do not need visa to enter the country back and forth. According to the head of the White House, US intelligence has paid close attention to such threats over the past few years.

Long Island Rep. Peter King, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, who took part in the Sunday program as well added, "A number of airports do not have the type of security they should have, so basically we're saying anyone that will be having someone who can fly to the US, they have to increase their security. We're going to be pushing it. Again I can't go into all the details, but overseas airport security is a real concern we've had in the US."

For now on, it is unclear what type of security measures will be introduced. However, President has emphasized that a whole complex of "surveillance, reconnaissance, intelligence" will be improved and implemented.

According to American intelligence agencies, nine thousand foreign citizens are part of the Syrian militants who oppose the regime of Bashar al-Assad; several thousand of them are Europeans. Two thousand of fighters with Western foreign passports are part of the terrorist group "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL), which in the last few weeks was able to establish control over a number of territories in northern Iraq.

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