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(WASHINGTON) — FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday, saying that fewer Americans were traveling abroad with the intent of joining ISIS.

“We are seeing fewer people attempt to travel to join [ISIS] in Syria,” Comey told the committee. “We have seen six in the last three and a half month…we were seeing nine a month in all the months before that.” Comey did not give a definitive reason why the number of Americans seeking to join ISIS had dropped, however.

“One possibility is we’re not seeing it the way we were before, they are still going,” Comey speculated. “Another possibility is all of our efforts to lock people up and punish them for going is making a difference.”

Comey also noted that increased international cooperation, particularly from Turkey, could be playing a role in dissuading Americans from traveling to Syria.

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