FBI chief warns of growing threat from Syrian civil war

Syrians gather at the site of reported air strikes by government forces on May 1, 2014 in the Halak neighbourhood in northeastern AleppoThe head of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday he was “determined” to keep any 9/11-type scenario from growing out of Syria, as more foreign fighters flock to the conflict. FBI Director James Comey compared the civil war in Syria to Afghanistan in the 1980s and 90s, when fighters there eventually formed Al-Qaeda and declared war on the US, leading to the September 11, 2001 attacks. “There are still thousands and thousands of foreign fighters in Syria, and it’s a focus of mine… and a huge focus especially of my European counterparts.

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