2015-07-31 10:01:00

IS militants could include tens of thousands of Europeans - EU official

Yaroslavl, July 31, Interfax - Tens of thousands of EU citizens could be among those fighting on behalf of Islamic State, or IS, according to Gunter Sablatnig, the Adviser to European Union Counter-Terrorism Coordinator.

Estimates of the number of EU citizens who could have joined IS are constantly changing and nobody could tell precisely how many individuals are actually among those combatants of IS fighting in Syria or Iraq, Sablatnig told reporters gathered in Yaroslavl, Central Russia, to cover an international forum of bosses of intelligence services, national security agencies and law-enforcement bodies

He said there could be thousands, or maybe tens of thousands of such individuals who are participating in hostilities going on in this part of the Middle East.

He said that in terms of EU citizens, people from Germany and the United Kingdom are currently prevailing among those joining ranks of IS combatants. Then goes France, and after that, some smaller countries, say, like Austria, Sablatnig said.