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As ISIS Loses Ground, It Sends Fighters to Europe – Martin Chulov (Guardian-UK via Daily Alert), and summary of 2nd related article

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Sept. 8, 2016

As ISIS Loses Ground, It Sends Fighters to Europe – Martin Chulov
ISIS once controlled a stretch from Syria’s Aleppo hinterland to Mosul in northern Iraq. It regularly moved men between the two points, using Turkey as a supply line for fighters, money and food. But now, in Syria and Iraq, the self-styled caliphate is rapidly contracting. A Baghdad-based U.S. diplomat said, “Everywhere [ISIS] tried to make a stand in recent times, they have been hosed out. They know it’s near the end.”
“Morale is desperate,” one ISIS official tells the Guardian. “Even in Raqqa. But they are very smart. They have made plans for all of this. They are investing a lot in sending their people to Europe, and it won’t be over soon.”  (Guardian-UK)

European Security Services Bracing for Return of Thousands of Jihadists as ISIS Loses Territory – Kim Sengupta
Security services are examining how to deal with thousands of Westernjihadists who would seek to return to Europe as ISIS continues to lose territory in its “caliphate.” These extremists, radicalized, armed and trained, will present a severe threat in the near future, “a ticking time bomb,” say security officials.
Some 5,000-7,000 foreign fighters from Europe are believed to have joined ISIS and other hardline groups. Just under 800 have travelled from the UK, while around half are believed to have returned. (Independent-UK)

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