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Syria now 'a matter of homeland security': US official

Published on Feb 8, 2014 5:03 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Syria conflict has become a US domestic security concern, Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson said Friday, one day after returning from talks in Europe where the war-torn nation topped the agenda.

Johnson returned late Thursday from a meeting in Poland with Interior Ministers from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Poland. He was accompanied on the visit by US Attorney General Eric Holder.

"Syria was the number one topic of conversation for them and for us," Johnson said in his first major speech since assuming his post in late December.

"Syria has become a matter of homeland security," he added, in remarks at the Wilson Center think tank in Washington.

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