Posted: Jul 8, 2014 7:30 AM
Updated: Jul 8, 2014 7:30 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) Attorney General Eric Holder is calling on European nations to deal more aggressively with the threat posed by Westerners who have traveled to Syria to join the fighting there.
In a speech before Norwegian diplomats, Holder is encouraging European countries to pass laws that make it illegal to plan an act of terrorism. He also suggests that law enforcement there conduct undercover operations against citizens planning to visit Syria.
He says the situation in Syria represents a "global crisis" and that the region is a "cradle of violent extremism."
The speech comes amid growing concerns about citizens from the United States and Europe who are traveling to Syria to join the fight against the Syrian government. U.S. officials fear those individuals could easily return home radicalized and apply terrorist training.