Jihadists from the EU travel to Syria and Iraq to join IS - German intelligence chief

Jihadists from the EU travel to Syria and Iraq to join IS - German intelligence chief

Germany's domestic intelligence chief, Hans-Georg Maassen said that more than 400 jihadists from Germany are already believed to have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join IS.

At least 125 jihadists have already returned to Germany, according to Maasen, 25 of whom were "demonstrably involved in combat operations."

Presumably,  the number is higher. "In many cases, we simply don't know what these people are doing in Syria and Iraq," says Maassen, quoted by Deutsche Welle.

The Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party have invited a number of experts to a special meeting about the security risks posed to Germany by the jihadists. All the assembled specialists are in agreement - that jihadists returning from Iraq and Syria pose a very real threat to Germany, reports Deutsche Welle.

 

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