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5,000 ISIS militants trained in Syria & Iraq walk free in Europe – Europol

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 “Europe is currently facing the highest terror threat in more than in a decade,” Rob Wainwright, Europol’s director, told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung daily, warning of the real possibility of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) or other terror groups attacks in Europe.

“We can expect [IS] or other religious terror groups to stage an attack somewhere in Europe with the aim of achieving mass casualties among the civilian population,” he said, noting that the risk of attacks by individuals has also not diminished.

However, Wainwright refused to link the unprecedented increase in the terror threat with the ongoing refugee crisis. He refuted the widespread assumption that terrorists are infiltrating Europe under the guise of asylum seekers.

“There are no concrete indications that terrorists are systematically using the stream of refugees to come into Europe undetected,”Wainwright said.

Last month, former UK Defense Secretary Liam Fox expressed concern that jihadists could sneak into the EU among asylum-seekers. Southern European countries through which they travel “have no idea whether these people are genuine refugees or asylum seekers, or economic migrants, or terrorists operating under the cover of either,”he said.

These worries were substantiated after the German domestic intelligence service confirmed in February that it had received more than 100 tip-offs alleging IS militants had arrived in the country pretending to be refugees. The news prompted further debate on EU migration policy.

READ MORE: German intel gets over 100 tip-offs on ISIS militants among refugees – report

Last year, FBI Director James Comey confirmed to the US Senate committee that Islamic State terrorists had obtained at least one printing machine used to provide militants with authentic-looking Syrian passports. The machine is believed to have been seized by terrorists during an IS offensive on the city of Deir ez-Zour. The revelation sparked concerns that large amounts of forged IDs can be manufactured in IS-controlled territories.

Two fraudulent Syrian passports were found at the site of the Paris attacks, which claimed the lives of 130 people in November. They are believed to belong to suicide bombers, who arrived in Europe via refugee routes.

In February, the FSB (Russian security agency) captured 14 gang members who were forging passports for Islamic extremists heading to Syria and planning to conduct terrorist and extremist activities in Russia.

According to a report on global terrorism from the Institute of Economics and Peace, since the start of the military conflict in Syria in 2011 between 25,000 and 30,000 ‘foreign fighters’ have arrived in Iraq and Syria, with Europe accounting for 21 percent of the total number.
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3 Responses to "5,000 ISIS militants trained in Syria & Iraq walk free in Europe – Europol"

  1. drbhelthi  February 21, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Certain “leaders” within the USGov have supported al Qaeda and the CIA/MOSSAD united the stragglers into ISIS in 2014, after training leaders. Those leaders within USGov have provided funding to ISIS-ISIL in addition to continuous supplies of USMilitary armament. The USAF base at Incirlik has been a haven for ISIL leaders and the exchange of CIA and psy-op agents. When one considers the over 10,000 fraudulent passports churned out by the USGov for the NAZI secreted into the US via Operation Paper Clip, 1945-1952, one wonders if a fraudulent passport center is operated by the USGov on Incirlik USAF (NATO) airbase. With the modern equipment, hundreds of fraudulent passports can be churned out in an 8-hr period. “Insurgents” have no need for passport equipment, only a telephone to call-in the data for a passport. An assortment of forty different photos of Arab locals would provide enough mesh to pass for hundreds of arab types – at least on a fraudulent passport.

  2. Jozsef V.  February 20, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    The Sun is hot, rain is wet, and terrorists who murdered people in Syria are already in Europe posing as migrants and refugees. That about sums it up for now. The real question is, what are these terrorists with a proven track record of murder and mayhem planning to do in Europe? Are they merely planning to take a long vacation in Europe and grope women, or are they going to be used for more nefarious purposes as well?

  3. NotAVeteran2  February 20, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Please specify “Europe”.
    Are there any in Holland?
    Should I feel scared yet?

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