The Program on Extremism has identified 79 Americans who traveled to Syria and/or Iraq since 2011 and affiliated with jihadist groups active in those countries.
- The average age at the time of travel was around 27 years of age.
- 81% of the dataset are men.
- At least 70% were U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents prior to departure.
- Travelers came from 20 different states; the states
with the highest rates of travelers are Minnesota,
Virginia, and Ohio.
- Upon arrival in Syria, 75% affiliated with the Islamic
State (IS), while the remainder affiliated with
other jihadist groups.
- 24 travelers (31%) are believed to have died in Syria. 20 (25%) were apprehended in the U.S. or overseas, 5 (5%) returned to the U.S. without facing
- 31 travelers (42%) are at large, or their
status and whereabouts are publicly unavailable.
- 18 travelers (19%) returned to the U.S. The majority
(72%) of returned travelers were arrested and charged.