June 7, 2013
European Union nations pledged Friday to step up cooperation in an effort to keep the more than 600 EU citizens now fighting in Syria from veering toward terrorism upon their return home.
EU home affairs ministers said they plan to increase surveillance of social media, intensify cooperation with nations that border Syria like Turkey and urge the European Parliament to approve legislation to make suspicious travel to the region more traceable.
French Interior Minister Manuel Valls says the number of EU citizens fighting abroad with potential links to terror groups “has never been seen at this scale.” He said it by far outstripped recent wars and conflicts in Afghanistan, Somalia and the Sahel region.
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