Europol: 800 People From the Western Balkans are in the Ranks of the "Islamic State"
More than 1000 militants from EU member states participate in the ranks of the "Islamic state", 800 of them from the Western Balkans, became clear at the meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Control Group on the activities of Europol in Sofia.
The fight against terrorism, organized crime and cyber security are discussed by MPs, commissioners and experts at the National Palace of Culture in the framework of the fourth event of the parliamentary dimension of the Bulgarian Euro-Presidency.
Over 130 MPs from the member states, police cooperation experts and commissioners are in the National Palace of Culture to discuss Europol's next multiannual program as well as its external action strategy.
One of the main conclusions of the Europol reports is that the Western Balkans remain a major transit and trafficking area of illegal goods, drugs and weapons as well as human beings. The region is also a major source of radicalized young men who are infused into the ranks of the Islamic State. The big problem, according to police experts is that now the Islamic State suffers a complete military loss, and these fighters will pull back to their countries. Here will be the role of Europol to identify and neutralize these men. The good news is that the European offices and the Europol member states have deepened their cooperation and are more likely to benefit from the general information masses.
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