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5,000 ISIS Members Roam Free In Europe – Report

5,000 ISIS Members Roam Free In Europe – Report
Flag of the Islamic State (IS), also known as “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) or “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL). This flag is also used by al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and Boko Haram. Yo/ Wikimedia Commons


5,000 ISIS Members Roam Free In Europe – Report

A new report revealed as much as 5,000 ISIS jihadists have made their way back to Europe and they are now living freely among Europe’s other citizens.

The report came from Rob Wainwright. He is the British head of Europol, EU’s police agency. Wainwright says he estimates that between 3,000 to 5,000 ISIS jihadists have now returned to Europe after undergoing training at an ISIS camp in the Middle East. And for the moment, they are roaming free. Wainwright believes an attack anywhere in Europe is imminent. “We can expect [ISIS] or other religious terror groups to stage an attack somewhere in Europe with the aim of achieving mass casualties among the civilian population,” he explained.

Nonetheless, Wainwright was also quick to emphasize that there is no significant connection between the entry of ISIS fighters and the arrival of refugees into Europe, according to Daily Mail. “There is no concrete evidence terrorists are systematically using the flow of refugees to infiltrate Europe,” he explained.

Currently, the U.S. and its coalition forces continue to strike ISIS targets hard. Recently, the Pentagon says it has managed to strike an ISIS training camp in Libya, which also targeted a high value target by the name of Noureddine Chouchane. Chouchane is a Tunisian national who is a suspect in the deadly attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis last March. President Obama had authorized the strike by a manned and unmanned aircraft.

Following the successful strike, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said the U.S. shall continue to monitor any other ISIS training camps in Libya, stressing the U.S. and its coalition forces will not hesitate to “take this kind of action” again. “We want to prevent ISIL (ISIS) from getting a foothold in Libya, or a foothold anywhere else,” he explained.

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Jennifer Ong has been covering and writing stories since 1998. Over the years, she has worked on stories on business, health, lifestyle, entertainment and travel. She has also previously written shows for television. When she's not on the job, she enjoys wine and Formula 1.

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