About 1,500 foreign terrorists involved in fighting in the Middle East are now in Europe, the Russian FSB has warned.
"About 1,500 of the 5,000 terrorists (who have already left for the Middle East) have already arrived in the European Union, according to experts," said Alexander Portnikov, Director of the Agency, at a conference on international terrorism.
Portnikov noted that a large number of those were armed and sent by their leaders to Europe to launch terrorist attacks.
Despite the huge losses suffered by Daesh organization and al-Qaeda in Iraq and Syria, they remain a serious threat, along with the groups loyal to them, according to Portnikov.
"They have been able to operate their forces based on the principle of the network, as interdependent and independent cells spread from the Middle East to Europe, Central and South-East Asia, while major armed groups are penetrating deep into the African continent, particularly Libya."
"The situation in Afghanistan also needs special attention, as the terrorist groups there are joined by terrorists from Syria, posing a threat to the countries of the Central Asian region," he said.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency