Circa 2.500 combattenti provenienti dall'Europa stanno combattendo per l’Isis in Siria e in Iraq. Lo ha dichiarato il coordinatore dell'antiterrorismo di Bruxelles, Gilles de Kerchove, in un'intervista a “Die Welt”. “Tra costoro - ha aggiunto - molti moriranno in combattimento o saranno uccisi dallo Stato islamico, poiché l'organizzazione non tollera i disertori. Altri si trasferiranno nelle aree di crisi di Somalia, Libia o Yemen”. Kerchove ha precisato che 5.000 europei hanno inizialmente combattuto per lo Stato islamico, tuttavia 1.500 sono tornati e quasi 1.000 sono morti.

About 2,500 fighters from Europe are currently fighting on the side of the Islamic State (IS, terrorist group outlawed in Russia) in Syria and Iraq, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove said in an interview with die Welt newspaper on Tuesday. "Among nearly 2,500 European fighters who are currently in Iraq and Syria, many will die in fighting or will be killed by the Islamic State, since the organization does not tolerate any defectors. Others will move to the crises-torn Somalia, Libya or Yemen," de Kerchove told the newspaper. Kerchove specified that a total of 5,000 Europeans have been initially fighting for the Islamic State, however 1,500 have returned and nearly 1,000 have died. The Islamic State is a terrorist organization that seized large territories in Iraq and Syria, and is also present in a number of other countries such as Libya and Afghanistan. The group has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly terror attacks across the world over recent years.