Gilles de Kerchove , EU Counterterrorism Coordinator, coordinateur de la lutte anti terroriste dans l’UE.
Il y a plus de 50 000 jihadistes en Europe, 20 000 en Grande Bretagne, 17 000 en France, plus de 5 000 en Espagne, 2 000 au moins en Belgique. On a identifié plus de 30 000 sites internet jihadistes. Même si Daesh est défait il va fonctionner comme un califat virtuel. Daesh ne demande plus à ses partisans de faire le voyage pour le jihad, il demande aux radicalisés de faire le jihad localement sur place avec les moyens à leur disposition même si c’est à petite échelle. Nous allons souffrir d’autres attaques.
1) In an August 31 interview with the Spanish newspaper El Mundo Gilles de Kerchove, the EU’s Counterterrorism Coordinator said that more than 50,000 jihadists are now living in Europe:
« Three years ago, it was easy to identify someone who has become radicalized. Now, most fanatics disguise their convictions. We do not have exact figures, but it is not difficult to do approximate calculations. United Kingdom, it is not a secret, it has been published, it has 20,000. France, 17,000. Spain much less, but more than 5,000, I suppose. In Belgium almost 500 have gone to Syria and there are about 2,000 radicals or more. I would not venture to a specific figure, but tens of thousands, more than 50,000. »
2) In an interview with the Belgian daily Le Soir, de Kerchove warned that even if the Islamic State is militarily defeated, it will continue to thrive as a « virtual caliphate. » He also said that Europol, the European police office, has identified at least 30,000 active jihadist websites, but that EU legislation no longer requires internet service providers to collect and preserve metadata — including data on the location of jihadists — from their customers due to privacy concerns. De Kerchove said this was hindering the ability of police to identify and deter jihadists: « On metadata, I confess that we pull our hair out. »
The European Union’s top terror official has warned that Britain is home to up to 25,000 Takfiri extremists who could pose a terrorist threat to the country as well as other EU countries.
Gilles de Kerchove, the EU’s counter-terror coordinator, told Spain’s El Mundo newspaper on Thursday that he expected more terrorist attacks following the deadly car incidents in Barcelona and Cambrils, the Spanish cities.
“We are going to suffer more attacks,” he said.
“The majority, except Brussels and Paris, were not directed from Raqqah but inspired, and then ISIS (Daesh) claimed responsibility,” he said, referring to the Syrian city considered the de facto capital of the Daesh terrorist group.
“The group’s propaganda no longer calls so much for people to travel to the ‘caliphate’, but to launch attacks in their places of origin or of residence, even on a small scale with homemade weapons,” he continued.