Almost 1,500 French citizens have traveled to Syria to join jihadi groups – putting the number of Europeans fighting in the Middle East at around 6,000.
However this figure, according to Czech European Commissioner for Justice, Věra Jourová, could be a big underestimate.
Věra Jourová told French newspaper Le Figaro that despite official estimates, between 5,000 and 6,000 EU nationals had traveled to Syria, and that number could be “highly undervalued” because of the difficulty of tracking foreign fighters abroad.
Recently, Turkish security officials were handed a list of ten thousand potential names of people who might attempt to use the country’s border to enter Syria.
And it’s Turkey’s geographical position and long border it shares with Syria and Iraq that makes the country such a convenient transit point for western foreign fighters crossing the border to join Islamic State extremists.