Major terror attack in EU almost inevitable, officials say

EU anti-terror chief Gilles de Kerchove (photo credit: Youtube screenshot)

EU anti-terror chief Gilles de Kerchove (photo credit: Youtube screenshot)

As union scrambles to combat IS threat, anti-terror chief warns al-Qaeda may also strike to prove relevance

(SOURCE)  A major terror attack on European soil is practically inevitable as Western powers ramp up their assault on Jihadist fighters in Iraq and Syria, the Guardian reported Friday, citing an unnamed senior EU official.

The official said Europe was scrambling to deal with the threat of hundreds and possibly thousands of Islamist fighters returning to the European Union from combat in Iraq and Syria with plans to carry out large-scale attacks in the union.

“It is pre-programmed,” the official told the newspaper. “We have clear signals that this is what the foreign fighters are doing. This is the main threat we are facing.”

He added that EU leaders were “very aware and very frightened of this” and currently did not have an effective strategy in place to deal with the threat. “They all fear this could be totally out of control. It may already be too late.”

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