'A dozen' Americans fighting with IS: Pentagon

A screen grab taken from a video released on July 1, 2014, allegedly shows members of IS parading on top of a tank on a street in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of RaqaThe United States believes about “a dozen” Americans are fighting with Islamic State (IS) extremists in Iraq and Syria, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday. There are about 100 US nationals “operating inside of Syria” but it was unclear which rebel groups they were associated with, spokesman Colonel Steven Warren said. Senior US officials have voiced concern at the presence of foreign fighters among the Sunni extremists who hold Western passports, potentially enabling them to return from the battlefield prepared to carry out terror attacks in Europe or the United States. US intelligence officers have estimated that there are roughly 1,000 European volunteers among rebel forces in Syria, but it remains unclear how many were linked to the IS jihadists.

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