(REUTERS) Europe will face an exodus of Islamic State fighters defeated in Syria and Iraq this year, more dangerous and battle hardened than previous returnees, the head of the U.N. Security Council’s counterterrorism agency said on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters following meetings with EU officials, Jean-Paul Laborde said several European countries estimate that the rates of fighters returning from conflict zones has increased by one-third over the past year.

Threat levels in Western Europe are high following a spate of deadly attacks that killed dozens over the past two years, with many nations concerned about their ability to guard their borders.

Laborde said the foreign fighters seeking to return to Europe now are much “more dangerous” than previous waves of returnees, full of resentment after years on the battlefield including in recent confrontations.

Islamic State has lost large swathes of territory during military campaigns, including by the Russian-backed Syrian army and U.S.-backed militias.

“On average, these people are much more committed, more experienced and more skilled,” Laborde told reporters.

“In spite of the travel restrictions … still you will have a number of foreign terrorist fighters which will probably slip through the borders and go back, come back to these countries, especially with smuggling networks,” he said.

However, restrictions have worked to help dramatically curb the flow of foreign terrorist fighters leaving to join the ranks of the Islamic State, he said.

Based on estimates compiled from governments, the U.N. says 40 to 50 percent of some 30,000 foreign fighters, not all of them from Europe, have already left territories controlled by the Islamic State group.

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Floriangeyer
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Our governments in the West are largely responsible for the mess in the Middle East, so the Western voters will only have themselves to blame for the mindless bloodshed that is likely to afflict Europe.

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Muhaha, we’re just waiting for this! We just need an excuse to go after their real leaders, we know who they are, we know where they are. Now France and Germany are merging their armies, we’ve already seen what happened to shithadists in central/western Africa : now they’re history and only the French went after them. With the 2 nations with the highest war records in history teamed together, I wouldn’t like to be in the place of those who are backing these cockroaches : Muricans, Brits, even Russians are coming to advertise the gear they sell. When Germans and… Read more »
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Another good reason for EU countries to give a SERIOUS hand to Syria and pound these cockroaches like they simply still don’t imagine we can!
Let’s show ’em our REAL might and not let them go with an average 100 strikes a day by CJTFOIR+Russia! Let them receive several thousands instead and fucking hammer them like they really deserve! In other terms : TERRORISE THE TERRORISTS! Make the survivors really understand how hopeless their shithad is. Once the western road-roller has rolled over them, remainders will know how we are no match!

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Why then has France been supporting terrorism in Syria and not supporting President Assad as Russia is doing ?

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Time to “you reap what you sow” EU, so much for your energy diversification plan?

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Fuck you admin for discarding my posts, you have no future if you cannot deal with some constructive criticism