French PM: As Many as 10,000 Europeans May Join ISIS This Year
ISIS fighter Abu Shaheed was interviewed by Paris Match in March 2013.
Shaheed told the paper at least 500 French Islamists were fighting for ISIS.
Al Monitor reported: A French jihadist interviewed by the weekly Paris-Match in March, claimed that there are “at least” 500 recruits from France alone fighting with ISIS, which is merely one of the jihadist factions in Syria. It has lately been involved in an internecine conflict with other such factions, including Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria.
In November 2013 several French fighters with ISIS appealed to Muslims to join them in the Caliphate.
As many as 10,000 Europeans may join ISIS by the end of 2015. French Prime Minister Valls made this prediction on France TV channel iTele this weekend.
Russia Today reported:
As many as 10,000 Europeans could join ISIS by the end of this year with as many as 5,000 by this summer, the French PM estimated amid EU officials’ concerns. Germany also warned that jihadists-to-be could use domestic armed forces as training camps.
“There are 3,000 Europeans in Iraq and Syria today. When you do a projection for the months to come, there could be 5,000 before summer and 10,000 before the end of the year,” French Prime Minister Valls told French TV channel iTele. “Do you realize the threat that this represents?”
France, along with Belgium, has seen the largest figures of radicalized Islamists who left home to join the Islamic state in their war in Syria and Iraq.
“There have already been nearly 90 French people who have died out there with a weapon in their hand, fighting against our own values,” Valls said.