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European Jihadists in Syria More and Younger

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European Jihadists in Syria
More and Younger

by Soeren Kern, Gatestoneinstitute.org
January 23, 2014 at 5:00 am

European security officials say that in recent weeks they have noticed an “alarming acceleration” in the number of European jihadists traveling to Syria to obtain combat experience with Islamist groups linked to al-Qaeda.

“France, Germany and the U.K. may have the largest foreign fighter contingents in Syria, but Denmark, Norway, Belgium and Austria have contributed a much higher proportion of their population… [and] may have a larger problem on their hands than do their bigger European neighbors.” — Thomas Hegghammer, Norwegian political scientist.

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