Rep. Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican and head of the House Intelligence Committee, said President Obamaâ€™s foreign policy is â€œin an absolute free-fallâ€ as Islamic State (IS), the group formerly known as ISIS, continues to gain territory and power across Iraq and Syria.
Speaking on NBCâ€™S â€œMeet the Press,â€ Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, echoed Rogers and said Obama is aÂ â€œtoo cautiousâ€Â in his approach to the Islamic State.
Citizens from the U.S., Britain and U.K. who return home after training with IS represent a â€œvery serious threatâ€ to the U.S., Rogers said on “Fox News Sunday.” Rogers said the U.S. should look to prosecute American citizens who train overseas to deter others from going.
Rogers believes hundreds of U.S. citizens have trained with IS at some point. “I’m very concerned because we don’t know every single person who has gone and trained and learned how to fight,” he said.
Attorney General Eric Holder said â€œdozensâ€ of Americans are among around 7,000 foreign fighters, ReutersÂ reports.
On Friday, the United KingdomÂ raised its international terrorism threatÂ to â€œsevereâ€ in response to the threat from IS. While there is no evidence of an imminent attack on Britain, a change in the threat level means that an attack is still â€œhighly likely,â€ Home Secretary Theresa May said.
Concerns over the link between the U.S. and IS have increased after two Americans, including 33-year-oldÂ Douglas McArthur McCain, died in Syria after fighting alongside ISIS.
Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Maryland Democrat, said in an interview with CNNâ€™s â€œMeet the Pressâ€ on Sunday that there isnâ€™t enough intelligence to determine whether an attack on the U.S. is â€œimminent,â€ but, â€œIf we need to protect ourselves from ISIS, we will.â€
â€œYou donâ€™t tell an enemy youâ€™re coming in to attack them. I think you will see action within the next week or so,â€ Ruppersberger said.