Europe should prepare for fresh wave of Isil jihadists
Europe must prepare for a fresh influx of Islamic State jihadists fleeing Mosul as the army moves in on their last Iraqi stronghold, the EU’s security commissioner has warned.
“The retaking of the IS’s northern Iraq territory, Mosul, may lead to the return to Europe of violent IS fighters,” Julian King said. ‘This is a very serious threat and we must be prepared to face it.”
Some 2,500 EU nationals are currently fighting alongside Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), he added, and that if even a handful return it would pose a “serious threat that we must prepare ourselves for.”
The warning comes as the much-anticipated battle for Mosul entered its second day.
Iraqi forces are advancing in an offensive aimed at retaking Mosul and dealing a death blow to the Isil group’s “caliphate” in the city where it was declared two years ago.
A relatively small number of jihadists are putting up a fight against the Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the villages leading up to the city, but there are reports fighters are escaping Mosul itself in growing numbers.
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