French police dismantle jihadist recruitment ring

Extremists sent youths to fight in Syria

15 December, 19:56

    French police dismantle jihadist recruitment ring (archive material) French police dismantle jihadist recruitment ring (archive material)

    (by Chiara Rancati) (ANSAmed) - PARIS - At least around ten people were arrested on Monday in the latest police raid on jihadist recruitment rings in France. The arrests took place in the Toulouse region in the southwestern part of the country, the northern region of Normandy and in Paris banlieue, with those detained accused of running a network to send aspiring jihadists to Syria. Investigators refused to provide specific details on those arrested, only noting that the operation was the result of a year of investigations. French media say that those detained were all born between the second half of the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s, and that one of the men had previously spent time in prison for other charges. The ring was brought to the attention of the police, reports BFM TV, by a tip-off from a Turkish family concerned about their son's radicalization. The group had organized a trip into Syria for some jihadists - two of whom have reportedly been identified - and at the time of arrest they were on the verge of sending in about ten others. The organization was very discrete and had branches across the entire country, and it is possible that the day's arrests succeeded in dismantling only a portion of it. Over the past two years, France has been dealing with a growing number of radicalized Muslim youth (both men and women) leaving to fight in the conflict in Iraq and Syria. According to the data provided last month by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, there are currently at least 400 French nationals fighting with the Islamic State (ISIS) or other jihadist groups, while at least 200 are thought to be ready to leave and another 120 have already returned. In total, Prime Minister Manuel Valls stated, there are ''over a thousand'' French nationals involved in militant Islamic extremism, and ''about fifty'' have died in Syria, which would make France the Western nation with the most citizens among the ranks of jihadist groups. (ANSAmed).

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