WEB EXTRA: FBI Director Visits Minneapolis

Updated: 06/17/2014 4:58 PM
Created: 06/17/2014 4:57 PM
By: Megan Stewart

FBI Director James Comey visited the Minneapolis Division of the FBI on Tuesday as part of his plan to visit all of the agency's offices.

Comey says the arrest of a Libyan militant in the deadly attack on Americans in Benghazi is a very good day for law enforcement.
Comey says the FBI's No. 1 priority remains counterterrorism. He says he's looking forward to a successful prosecution of Libyan militant Ahmed Abu Khattala, who was captured by American forces Sunday. He's charged in the 2012 assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.

The impact of war in Syria is something he worries about every day, Comey told reporters at the news conference.

The problem of people leaving America to fight in Syria is not specific to one part of the U.S., Comey says. But he says Minneapolis is a model for the rest of the country in working proactively to stop at-risk youth from becoming radicalized and leaving to fight.

Comey says the FBI has tracked about 100 people who've left the U.S. intending to go to Syria.

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