'Hundreds' of Americans linked to IS: lawmaker
Washington (AFP) - Several hundred US citizens may have had contact with Islamic State jihadists in Syria, the chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee said Sunday.
Republican lawmaker Mike Rogers, a former FBI agent, told "Fox News Sunday" he was concerned about efforts to keep track of Americans who had links to the group.
"It's in the hundreds that have at least one time traveled, participated and trained with them," Rogers said.
"Some have drifted back, some have gone to Europe."
The US State Department has previously estimated that more than 100 US citizens had traveled to Syria to join radical groups such as the Islamic State.
"I'm very concerned because we don't know every single person who has an American passport that has gone and trained and learned how to fight," Rogers said.
He also raised concerns about the estimated 500 British citizens and "several hundred" Canadians believed to have traveled to Syria, noting that passport holders from those countries could both enter the United States without a visa. ...