Hundreds of Europeans fighting in Syria- report

'Many Europeans' are fighting in Syria, the EU's anti-terror chief claims

Hundreds of Europeans fighting in Syria- report

World Bulletin/News Desk

The EU's anti-terror chief has told the BBC that hundreds of Europeans are now fighting with rebel forces in Syria against Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Gilles de Kerchove estimated the number in Syria at about 500.

The UK, Ireland and France are among the EU countries estimated to have the highest numbers of fighters in Syria, according to BBC report.

"Not all of them are radical when they leave, but most likely many of them will be radicalised there, will be trained," Mr de Kerchove told the BBC.

"And as we've seen this might lead to a serious threat when they get back."

In Britain and Belgium they have increased efforts to track how people are recruited.

In the Netherlands, officials have raised the terror threat level there to "substantial" - partly over concerns about "radicalised citizens returning" from Syria.

Last Mod: 24 Nisan 2013, 10:44
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