EU needs to rehabilitate returning jihadists: anti-terror chief

Gilles de Kerchove, counter-terrorism coordinator at the Council of the European Union, is pictured during an interview on the sidelines of the Mediterranean Dialogues on December 11, 2015 in RomeEurope must work out ways to rehabilitate jihadists returning from Syria, the EU’s anti-terror czar said on Friday, warning not all of them could be simply thrown in jail. Speaking to delegates at a conference in Rome, Gilles de Kerchove said Europe needed to figure out a way of absorbing hundreds of returning extremists. Kerchove estimated that around 3,000 Europeans had been to Syria, lured by jihadist groups like the Islamic State (IS) group which has claimed a string of recent attacks, including last month’s assault on Paris.

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