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French Jihadist Recruits in Syria-Iraq Fighting Almost Double

Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 09:00 AM

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the number of French nationals joining Islamic militant groups in Syria and Iraq has almost doubled since the start of the year.

“There is a considerable increase in the number of departures” from French territory, he said in a Europe 1 radio interview today. An 82 percent rise this year has put about 375 French citizens “in the theater of operations in Syria and Iraq.”

One thousand people are either in Iraq or Syria, have returned or are trying to get there, the minister said. Authorities have this year prevented the departure of as many as 80 people for the war zones, mostly through almost 600 tips from family members, and about 100 French citizens are now jailed or under surveillance for terrorist-related activities.

France has a new law aimed at preventing its residents from leaving the country for combat zones. Among the measures, the government intends to step up efforts to shut down websites and blogs aimed at recruiting fighters, the minister said today.

“Terrorist groups are powerfully organized on the Internet,” Cazeneuve said. “They are calling on vulnerable youths to commit to carrying out very big terrorist acts.”

With the help of Internet operators, the minister said France would pull the plug on “propaganda sites, blogs and videos.”


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Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the number of French nationals joining Islamic militant groups in Syria and Iraq has almost doubled since the start of the year."There is a considerable increase in the number of departures" from French territory, he said in a Europe...
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