The release of Iraqi Mosul from the control of the terrorist organization “Islamic state” (IG, banned in many countries, including in Russia) can lead to the emergence in Europe of jihadists, who left before from the EU to fight on the side of the militants. In an interview with German newspaper Die Welt said the European Commissioner in the field of security and counter-terrorism Julian king.
“Taking severouralska Outpost of the “Islamic state” in Mosul can cause accustomed to the violence of the ISIS fighters coming back to Europe. This is a serious danger that we must be ready”, – quotes the words of king website DW.
At the same time, the Commissioner does not expect a mass influx of jihadists. “In a combat zone is about 2,500 fighters from EU countries. However, past experience, particularly the experience of Afghanistan shows that going back only a small part, the rest died in battle or moved to other areas of hostilities,” he said.
Nevertheless, even a small number of ready for violence of the militants is a serious threat. Therefore, according to king, it is important to take measures to “bind them hand and improving our resilience to terrorist threat.”
King criticized the situation on the borders of the European Union. “Now we can too easily overcome passport control with the help of fake documents,” he said. Under special control you need to take birth certificates and marriage – the very documents on which basis it is possible to get a passport. “What’s the point in the most secure passport if the documents on the basis of which he obtained a fake”, – said the Commissioner.
Mosul is the second largest cities of Iraq. It is under the control of ISIS since June 2014. The operation to liberate the village began in the night of Monday, October 17. It holds Iraq in support of Kurdish forces and the international coalition forces led by the United States. The battle for the city is called the decisive and critical moment in the operation to defeat ISIS in Iraq.
International Committee of the red cross (ICRC) and the international Federation of red cross and red Crescent societies (IFRC) has warned that due to the escalation of fighting, Mosul and its suburbs can leave the “up to one million people.” Earlier, the UN warned that the humanitarian consequences of the operation to liberate Mosul may affect up to 1.5 million people living in and around the city.
The US warned that the operation to liberate Mosul will take “some time” and could lead to victims among the civilian population. As stated by the press Secretary of the President of the USA Josh Ernest, trying to repel the advance of Iraqi forces and their allies, the militants will try to use the people of Mosul as human shields.