TSC Report Cited by BuzzFeed News: An Overwhelmed Europe no Longer Sees Returning ISIS Fighters as the Main Threat
November 2, 2017
By: Mitch Prothero
The attacks came as a steady trickle throughout 2017 …
… What alarms investigators the most about these incidents — which were just a handful of the terrorist incidents across Europe this year — is that none appears to have been the work of returning ISIS fighters, and most had little to do with the group itself.
Since ISIS took over vast swaths of Syria and Iraq in 2014, at least 5,600 people from 33 European countries have joined the group, according to a recent report by The Soufan Group. That’s proven worrisome for Western intelligence and police officials who fear that the return of even a few well-trained and committed operatives to their home countries would set off a series of high-profile bloody attacks …
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