DHS Sec Johnson: We Are ‘Concerned’ Syria Is Becoming Another Safe Haven for Terrorists Like Afghanistan

Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said he was concerned Syria is becoming a safe haven for terrorists activities like Afghanistan.

Partial transcript as follows:

TODD: Are you concerned that Syria today is as unstable and as much of a safe haven for terrorists as Afghanistan was in the late ’90s and should that concern us considering what Afghanistan brought or what happened inside of Afghanistan that led to 9/11, should we be concerned what is happening in Syria could lead to a new 9/11?

JOHNSON: Chuck, I said in February 2014 that Syria had become a matter of homeland security. Our U.S. Military along with the international partners have done a good job of taking back territory, taking out the leaders of ISIL, taking out those focused on external attacks, but yes, we have to be concerned that Syria could become another Afghanistan. Any time a terrorist organization can establish territory, take territory, have a place to headquarter, to train, to recruit, that’s obviously a big concern and it’s a big homeland security concern, yes, sir.

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