Europe now faces threat from those militants, who travelled to Syria and Iraq, and other war-torn regions to fight for the Islamic State (IS) militant group and other extremists. Those young fighters often return back to home countries to conduct terrorist attacks on behalf of the radical organizations they are involved with.
According to the BBC, over 1,300 French nationals are believed to be currently fighting in Syria and Iraq, as well as around 600 British and 600 German citizens.
Over the past week France has suffered three terrorist attacks involving Islamic radicals, resulting in the deaths of 17 people in the Paris area.
The European Union is preoccupied with the growing radicalization among the bloc’s nationals, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said Monday.
The only way for the European countries to ensure security of their citizens is to send back migrants poising potential threat, a member of the right-wing Belgian Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) party, Bart Claes, told Sputnik, commenting on the recent terror attack in London.
The man who attempted to hit pedestrians in the Belgian city of Antwerp was charged with terrorist murder attempt, the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office said Friday.
French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said it would be useful to exchange intelligence info between Paris and Moscow.
Around 150 terrorists who fought for Daesh in the Middle East have returned to Sweden and reportedly move freely in Swedish society. Amid a lack of decisive action from authorities, Swedish municipalities are now asking for an opportunity to "work" with Daesh defectors to prevent any more harm.
An unknown individual attacked a military patrol in Paris' Orly Airport on Saturday, security forces opened fire.
The individual joined Daesh and was later shocked by the brutality of the jihadists.
The police of German city of Essen conducted searches in neighboring Oberhausen city amid terror attack threats, detaining two people, the statement issued on Saturday said.
The German police received "concrete evidence" about a possible attack.
Germany's domestic intelligence service said the threat level remains high.
A passenger plane with 300 people on board was evacuated due to a bomb alert.
There will be more terrorist attacks by radical Islamists against the West in the coming years, warns a Norwegian researcher. In his opinion, Western countries themselves must take at least some of the blame for the increased terror risk.
Extremism is mounting in Europe, and women are getting increasingly involved in carrying out terrorist attacks, Danish security services have warned, citing a high level of terrorism threat remaining in Denmark.
A citizen of Tunisia arrested during an anti-terrorist operation in the German federal state of Hesse is suspected of recruiting new Daesh terror group members, as well as creating a terrorist network seeking to conduct an attack on the German territory, a spokesman of Frankfurt's Prosecutor General said on Wednesday.
Danish politician Naser Khader, who is a senior member of the Conservative People's Party, is someone known for his scathing criticism of radical Islam, and so it was a peculiarly bitter pill for him to swallow when he was forced to admit that one of his relatives had travelled to Syria and joined Daesh.
Belgium, the Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom have reached an agreement on joint database on passengers traveling by international trains in an effort to counter possible terrorism threats, Belgian RTL radio reported on Friday.
No matter how much the Swedish authorities trumpet the threat of "Russian aggression," Islamist terrorism remains the country's greatest danger in 2017. Remarkably, though, random attacks by radical loners reportedly pose a greater threat than large-scale terrorism carried out by mainstream terrorist groups.
It's a sad fact that when Daesh recruits kill, rape and torture in Syria and Iraq, their barbaric actions are partly financed by EU countries' state coffers. At least 36 people who left Denmark to fight alongside Daesh [ISIS, ISIL] and equally horrid militias in Iraq and Syria were discovered to be receiving unemployment benefits in Denmark.
Now that Daesh is on the back foot in both Syria and Iraq, the threat of terrorism in Europe has been pushed even higher. According to Israeli experts, familiar with terrorism, Europe may prevent attacks with consolidated efforts. Norwegian experts retort that preserving an open society is more important than making security the paramount value.