10,000 Europeans could be waging jihad by year-end: France PM

As many as 10,000 Europeans could be waging jihad in Iraq and Syria by the end of this year, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned March 8, a three-fold increase on current numbers.

“There are 3,000 Europeans in Iraq and Syria today. When you do a projection for the months to come, there could be 5,000 before summer and 10,000 before the end of the year,” Valls told French television channel iTele.

“Do you realise the threat that this represents?” he asked.

He said there were around 1,400 people who were either already in these conflict zones, who had come back from there or who were planning to go.

“There have already been nearly 90 French people who have died out there with a weapon in their hand, fighting against our own values,” Valls said…