MOSCOW, November 7 (RIA Novosti) — Thousands of Europeans are now being trained at terrorist camps in Iraq and Syria and will try to establish their own order upon returning to their home countries, Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha said Friday.
"Of course we must react on what's going on today. For example, on the fact that thousands of people from Europe are currently undergoing field traineeship in Syria and Iraq and that hundreds of people coming from CSTO member states are now in Afghanistan, or in Syria and Iraq, being trained at the militants' camps or undergoing field traineeship already," Bordyuzha told journalists, adding that upon returning to their home countries these people would probably "try to establish their own order" with weapons in hand.
At the moment, Syria and Iraq are struggling to defeat the Islamic State (IS), a Sunni Jihadist group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has seized vast territories in both countries and declared a caliphate on the territories under its control.
Early in October, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg admitted that the Europeans fighting for the IS in Syria and Iraq pose a threat to NATO member states upon their return home. The UK Police, for example, estimates the number of Britons who have fled to the Middle East to take part in terror-related activities at 500. The US State Department places the total number of foreigners fighting for the IS at about 12,000.