AG Eric Holder Announces New Steps to Counter Homegrown Extremists

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The Justice Department said Monday that it will do more to detect and disrupt Americans who try to join overseas terrorist organizations, including ISIS. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a video message that the department and other federal agencies will create programs in U.S. cities that bring together law enforcement, religious leaders and community representatives.

The goal will be to “build a broad network of community partnerships to keep our nation safe,” Holder said. He said the programs will “share information on best practices” and improve training.

The White House will also hold a summit in October on violent extremism, he said. U.S. officials have said that dozens of Americans are fighting with extremists groups in the Middle East, with more aspiring to join.

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— Erin McClam