Franken Calls on Obama to Take Tougher Stance on ISIS

by Andrew Johnson

Senator Al Franken (D., Minn.) is “troubled” by the Obama administration’s lack of a plan regarding the recruitment efforts and expansion of the Islamic State, especially in light of the fact that at least two men from Franken’s state died fighting for the terrorist group.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Franken urged the Department of Justice to take action against Islamc State recruitment efforts in the United States, as well as preventing American passport-holders joining the group from traveling abroad.

“As you know, one aspect of that threat is ISIL’s efforts to recruit American and other Western citizens to join its forces,” he said. “One American who went to high school in Minnesota has been confirmed to have been killed in Syria while fighting with ISIL, and others have traveled there to fight with ISIL as well.”

“We must act diligently and responsibly to prevent Americans from taking up arms with ISIL, or from reentering our country if they do,” Franken continued.

Last week, several outlets reported that two American citizens with ties to the Twin Cities died in the same battle while fighting for the Islamic State in Syria. Yesterday, KMSP reported that one of the men may have worked at Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport, which would have given him security clearance to the facility.

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