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Assault on Idlib risks ‘scattering terrorists’ abroad: Paris

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le

Drian warned Tuesday that a Syrian government offensive on the last rebel

stronghold of Idlib could scatter thousands of foreign jihadists abroad,

posing a security threat to the West.

There are in all likelihood dozens of French fighters from both Al-Qaeda

and Daesh (Islamic State) in Idlib, Le Drian told France's BFMTV, warning

that there were also many terrorists from other nations who could scatter

in the event of a joint Syrian-Russian offensive, posing risks for our

security.

Le Drian said there was still time to guard against this scenario and

expressed support for Turkey in its efforts to keep the population safe,

particularly the civilian population.

France, the European country worst hit by a wave of jihadist attacks since

2015, has been on high alert for radicals returning home from areas in Iraq

and Syria that have been recaptured from IS.

Le Drian estimated at between 10,000 and 15,000 the number of jihadists

left in Idlib.

The attack being prepared by the Syrian regime with Russia's backing is

extremely dangerous, he said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)