WASHINGTON, March 12 (KUNA) -- Close to 100 young people have left the Caribbean region and traveled to Syria to join Islamic extremist organizations, US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Commander John Kelly indicated to the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing on Thursday.
"These small countries that don't have anything approaching [compared] to our FBI. They're extremely concerned about them (the now-turned militants) coming back, as we are to our own country," affirmed Kelly.
"These small countries that I'm describing have no real ability to deal with them.
He highlighted, "if they come back or when they come back, they can conduct operations in their own countries, or they can simply get on the network, ride up into our country (US), and do whatever someone tells them to do." (end)