A French judge has called for action to stop the exit of volunteers to the conflict in Syria, many of whom return to Europe to step up a recruitment drive in their own countries.
Estimates put the numbers of young people from western European countries who have traveled to Syria at around 2,000 and it’s feared the numbers are on the increase.
“Things are getting worse. So we have to try new things, to attempt to treat the causes. When alarm bells ring, when parents contact the authorities one could go to a dedicated mediator to someone who would be able to take responsibility for the kid to tell him that he should not leave, that Islam doesn’t require him to go fighting at the other end of the planet. It’s obvious that this needs to be done. So far we have only relied on anti-terrorist justice,” explained Marc Trevidic a French anti-terror judge.
Analysts think one in 10 foreign militants are believed to be from Europe.
Last month the French Interior Minister Manuel Valls described the radicals as a “ticking time bomb” whose eventual return to France could present a security problem in the future.
A suicide attack on Aleppo last week was believed to have been carried out by a British man. If so it will be the first known attack of its kind by a Briton.