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More Western fighters joining militants in Iraq and Syria
More Western fighters joining militants in Iraq and Syria

Thousands of foreign fighters have bolstered the ranks of militant groups in Syria and Iraq in recent months, according to U.S. officials, driving fresh concern about potential terrorist plots aimed at the United States or its allies. The surge, as well as intelligence that Yemeni terrorists have developed a powerful cellphone bomb designed to avoid detection at airports, is behind the Obama administration's increasingly urgent warnings that a European or American passport holder might try to take down a passenger jet or plan other deadly mayhem. As many as 10,000 foreign fighters — a third more than in February — have joined the militias seeking to overthrow Syrian...

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