MP Abdel Rahim Ali, Chairman of the Center for Middle East Studies in Paris (CEMO) revealed that the leadership of Deash issued directives to relocate the organization in Europe, Sinai Desert, and some areas especially in Asia and the U.S. after being dismantled in the late 2017.
This came during Ali’s lecture before the French Parliament as he addressed the post-Daesh terrorism, the dangers of radicalism exported to Europe and the Muslim Brotherhood’s role in paving the way for this stage.
The relocation of Daesh aims to avenge attempts for its eradication from the Middle East and allying against it, Ali said.
Recently, Daesh militias carried out their first terror operations in Indonesia where suicide bombers targeted Sunday Mass congregations in three churches in the city of Surabaya, for being a symbol of Western Christianity.
Ali also added that the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) announced on March 2018 that around five thousand European citizens, including 800 from Western Balkans, have joined Daesh since 2014.
Members of the defense, national security and international affairs at the French parliament, in addition to a number of journalists and experts on terrorism, led by Roland Jacquard, Richard Labévière, Ian Hamel, Georges Malbrunot, Christian Chesnot and media anchor Christian Malard attended the meeting.
“About 30,000 people in Europe are potentially part of terrorist communities,” Europol director Rob Wainwright told Bulgaria’s bTV.
According to Ali, The Soufan Centre, an independently-funded NGO that analyses emerging global security threats, said in a report that at least 5,600 people from 33 countries left ISIL-held areas in that period.
The report put the number of foreign fighters from the former Soviet republics at 8,717, compared to 7,054 from the Middle East, 5,718 from Western Europe, 5,319 from the Maghreb, 1,568 from Southeast Asia and 845 from Balkan; while North America came last with 439 fighters.