3,000 European jihadis now in Syria, Iraq: EU official

AFP , Tuesday 23 Sep 2014

Europeans joining Islamist fighters in Syria and Iraq has surged to about 3,000 from 2,000 only months ago, the EU counter-terrorism chief said Tuesday.

In an exclusive interview with AFP, Gilles de Kerchove said the flow of Europeans may have been boosted by the Islamic State militant group's declaration in June of a caliphate straddling Syria and Iraq.

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