Radicalised children pose security threat

Photo: Rama
Photo: Rama

As fears increase over the danger posed by recruits returning to Europe as ISIS faces battleground defeat, the French security services have said that approximately 460 children of radicalised parents are likely to return to the Hexagon.

The problem posed by returning children – under the age of 18 – is the most complex. Although men made up the majority of the recruits, almost 90 percent, women recruits were highly valued by ISIS, as a propaganda tool and as mothers of minors they took with them.

More than 5,000 Europeans joined ISIS between 2011 and 2016, and a report written for the European Union estimated that between 1,200 and 3,000 could return, presenting a serious security challenge.


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