Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson holds up his New York subway card after giving his first major address, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at the Wilson Center in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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The civil war in Syria has become a threat to U.S. national security, with Westerners traveling to fight in the conflict, where extremists try to recruit them for missions back home, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Friday."Syria has become a matter of homeland security," Johnson said in his first policy speech since assuming the job in December.He said U.S. authorities are paying close attention to foreign fighters heading to Syria, where an array of opposition forces includes Western-backed groups and Islamist factions.
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