Thousands of Isis fighters could return to Europe, security chief warns
Thousands of Islamic State foreign fighters could return to Europe after their dreams of a “caliphate” were crushed with the fall of their stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria, the EU’s security commissioner has warned.
“We have a list of about 8,000 potential foreign terrorist fighters that have been highlighted by European member states which is held by Europol,” he told the BBC.
Hundreds of young men, and some women, travelled from Britain, France, Germany and Belgium to Syria to join IS.
According to figures collected by the Soufan Group, between 27,000 to 31,000 people including women and children who would not normally engage in conflict have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State and other extremist groups fighting in the region.