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900 French citizens fighting in Iraq and Syria

A militant Islamist fighter uses a mobile to film his fellow fighters taking part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. (Reuters)

France's top security official says nearly 900 French citizens have gone to Middle East battlegrounds and some have joined the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Despite efforts to discourage French people from joining militant groups, the figures given Wednesday by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve show the numbers of French youth leaving continue to grow.

“There are today nearly 900 from France who are part of this phenomenon, either in the theater of operations in Syria or in Iraq. There are presumably some in Iraq because the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, which recruited them, takes them to all the places where it is engaged in combat,” Cazeneuve told France Info radio.

Security officials fear European militants will ultimately turn their skills against their homelands.

 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 13 August 2014 KSA 16:58 - GMT 13:58
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