Europe: Jihadists Posing As Migrants

Authored by Soren Kern via The Gatestone Institute,

  • More than 50,000 jihadists are now living in Europe. - Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counterterrorism Coordinator.
  • Europol, the European police office, has identified at least 30,000 active jihadist websites, but EU legislation no longer requires internet service providers to collect and preserve metadata - including data on the location of jihadists - from their customers due to privacy concerns. De Kerchove said this was hindering the ability of police to identify and deter jihadists.

German authorities are hunting for dozens of members of one of the most violent jihadist groups in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, but who, according to Der Spiegel, entered Germany disguised as refugees.

The men, all former members of Liwa Owais al-Qorani, a rebel group destroyed by the Islamic State in 2014, are believed to have massacred hundreds of Syrians, both soldiers and civilians.

German police have reportedly identified around 25 of the jihadists and apprehended some of them, but dozens more are believed to be hiding in cities and towns across Germany.

In all, more than 400 migrants who entered Germany as asylum seekers in 2015 and 2016 are now being investigated for being members of Middle Eastern jihadists groups, according to the Federal Criminal Police (Bundeskriminalamt, BKA).

The revelation comes amid new warnings that jihadists are posing as migrants and arriving from North Africa on boats across the Mediterranean and onto Italian shores. In an interview with The Times, Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj said that jihadists who had been able to pass undetected into his country were almost certainly making their way into Europe.

"When migrants reach Europe they will move freely," said al-Sarraj, referring to the open borders within the European Union. "If, God forbid, there are terrorist elements among the migrants, any incident will affect all of the EU."

Independent MEP Steven Woolfe said:

"These comments show the problem to be two-fold. Firstly, potential terrorists are using the Mediterranean migrant trail as a way of entering Europe unchecked. Secondly, with Europe's lack of borders due to Schengen rules, once in Europe, they are able to move from one country to another freely. Strong borders are a necessity."

Around 130,000 migrants arrived in Europe by land and sea during the first eight months of 2017, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The main nationalities of arrivals to Italy in July were, in descending order: Nigeria, Bangladesh, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Mali. Arrivals to Greece were from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Congo. Arrivals to Bulgaria were from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Turkey.

In recent weeks, traffickers bringing migrants to Europe have opened up a new route through the Black Sea. On August 13, 69 Iraqi migrants were arrested trying to reach the Romanian Black Sea coast, having set off from Turkey in a yacht piloted by Bulgarian, Cypriot and Turkish smugglers. On August 20, the Romanian Coast Guard intercepted another boat carrying 70 Iraqis and Syrians, including 23 children, in the Black Sea in Romania's southeastern Constanta region.

A total of 2,474 people were detained while trying to cross the Romanian border illegally during the first six months of 2017, according to Balkan Insight. Almost half of them were caught while trying to leave Romania for Hungary. In 2016 only 1,624 migrants were detained; most were found trying to cross from Serbia to Romania.

Meanwhile, more than 10,000 migrants reached Spanish shores during the first eight months of 2017 — three times as many as in all of 2016, according to the IOM. Thousands more migrants have entered Spain by land, primarily at the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla on the north coast of Morocco, the European Union's only land borders with Africa. Once there, migrants are housed in temporary shelters and then moved to the Spanish mainland, from where many continue on to other parts of Europe.

Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, has warned that jihadists are using the migration crisis to enter Europe and plot attacks across the continent. Frontex It has also conceded that it does not know the true number of migrants who have crossed into Europe and has no way of tracking them. In its annual risk analysis for 2016, Frontex wrote:

"The Paris attacks in November 2015 clearly demonstrated that irregular migratory flows could be used by terrorists to enter the EU. Two of the terrorists involved in the attacks had previously irregularly entered through Leros [Greece] and had been registered by the Greek authorities. They presented fraudulent Syrian documents to speed up their registration process.


"False declarations of nationality are rife among nationals who are unlikely to obtain asylum in the EU, are liable to be returned to their country of origin or transit, or just want to speed up their journey. With a large number of persons arriving with false or no identification documents or raising concerns over the validity of their claimed nationality — with no thorough check or penalties in place for those making such false declarations, there is a risk that some persons representing a security threat to the EU may be taking advantage of this situation."

In an August 31 interview with the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Gilles de Kerchove, the EU's Counterterrorism Coordinator said that more than 50,000 jihadists are now living in Europe:

"Three years ago, it was easy to identify someone who has become radicalized. Now, most fanatics disguise their convictions. We do not have exact figures, but it is not difficult to do approximate calculations. United Kingdom, it is not a secret, it has been published, it has 20,000. France, 17,000. Spain much less, but more than 5,000, I suppose. In Belgium almost 500 have gone to Syria and there are about 2,000 radicals or more. I would not venture to a specific figure, but tens of thousands, more than 50,000."

Masked Spanish policemen in Madrid arrest a man suspected of recruiting jihadists to fight for the Islamic State, June 16, 2014. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

In an interview with the Belgian daily Le Soir, de Kerchove warned that even if the Islamic State is militarily defeated, it will continue to thrive as a "virtual caliphate." He also said that Europol, the European police office, has identified at least 30,000 active jihadist websites, but that EU legislation no longer requires internet service providers to collect and preserve metadata — including data on the location of jihadists — from their customers due to privacy concerns. De Kerchove said this was hindering the ability of police to identify and deter jihadists: "On metadata, I confess that we pull our hair out."


quadraspleen Mon, 09/04/2017 - 05:20 Permalink

"More than 50,000 jihadists are now living in Europe."Utter bollocks. However, if it is true, you lot put them there so you'll know who they are and where to find them. "the attacker was known to authorities" - remember that one? You hum it and I'll sing the wordsZioStone propaganda. Islamists to the right of me, Norks to the left..what's a guy to do? (clue: stop taking in all of the zio fear-porn)

HowdyDoody quadraspleen Mon, 09/04/2017 - 05:26 Permalink

Yup, more Zionist BS, feigning surprise that the Zionist-created 'jihabdists' would hide amongst the migrants smuggled in through the orchestrated 'migrant crisis'. Maybe the extremely well-connected and well-informed Gatestone can tell us who is financing the the 'migrant crisis'? After all, that might give a clue as to the motivation behind this.   

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Manthong sickavme (not verified) Mon, 09/04/2017 - 05:39 Permalink

  God bless those hateful head chopping  innocent “migrants”. Hey Europe … this is what you get when you sleep with the Anglo-American Deep State. …at least we have the guns over here.
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  …..if a nuke hit Brussels this afternoon…….  Europe would be better off.  

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Vageling KimAsa Mon, 09/04/2017 - 07:20 Permalink

You're not far off. Jihad is a term that started living it's own life in the west. There are multiple form of jihad. But mostly to undermine societies. The small jihadies want to cut everybodies head off. But you also have these jihadist that do it by undermining and taqqiya. The great Jihad... Yeah self improvement... Most don't even go there. 

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nightwish Swamp Yankee Mon, 09/04/2017 - 06:49 Permalink

the benefits are so ridiculously in favor of israel, they cant not have masterminded it..hire mercenaries (isis) who hold no fealty or to islam or fellow man who opt for big bucks insteadisis scuzzbags tear every country in the middle east apart, thus weakening regional enemiesquietly position for oil while dust settlesforce able bodied males/terorrists into other countries to look for work/engage in terrorismsaid sovereignties soon get rektrek economies, force bigger govt, deeper socialismincrease monetary dependencies of all european sovereignties, create slave statesinsert puppet leaders who do your bidding else get destroyed through pressJ owned media toes the lineready cry of antisemitismkeep playing victim (nazi germany) hollywood propaganda on full spigot1000 year reich

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kellys_eye Mon, 09/04/2017 - 05:25 Permalink

The more jihadists the more excuses the establishment have to introduce laws to curtail EVERYONE'S freedoms.It's not as if they need an excuse to do this but........

Fireman Mon, 09/04/2017 - 05:36 Permalink

It's OK! It's all going to plan as Germanostan's war loving atlanticist aristocracy stokes more war as their arms industries thrive. Meanwhile the barbarian hordes fill up their slum housing inside Germanostan proper. As whitey and the muzz hordes target each other the political bankster filth and their facespuck GESTAPO look down from on high and demonize the politically incorrect who have it figured.   "Count" Richard Coudenhove von Kalergi's genocidal screed "Practical Idealism" in pdf format......the original Austrian NAZI and his satanic tome that makes Onkel Adolf's "Mein Kampf" look like a bedtime story.  This freak was the ghoul that laid the foundations of the abomination in the sewer Brussels, seat of the totalitarian Pedophile Politburo that runs the EUSSR for the banksters and necromongers. Now peons in Germanistan get another chance to "vote" in September for the sow that made it all possible! Remember when you vote to scream Angeeeeeeeela Akhbar and show the aristocracy that you love their feudal multikulti ghetto.  Below watch the cancer of ISlam spread its way across Germanostan in real time.… 

Blanco Diablo Mon, 09/04/2017 - 05:47 Permalink

Since those Rascal Russians have sent most of the tribe's Syrian jihadis to meet mohammed in JahannamPlan B of Daesh’s tribe masters may have been to indoctrinate repeated waves of misguided youth across the EU and “seduce” them into D.I. Y. jihadi terror, creating fear and insecurity in Europe.

AurorusBorealus Mon, 09/04/2017 - 05:52 Permalink

It does indeed take a secret police type of genius to realize that if you open the door to thousands of Muslim refugees from nations being ripped apart by fanatical Islam, some of those refugees will be fanatics.I think that everyone in the West should be forced to read the Quoran... everyone, especially the uninformed politicians who keep talking about Islam as a relgion of peace.Here are some gems from the book of the religion of peace:"Kill them wherever you find them and drive them out from where they drove you out. Persecution is worse than slaughter.” 2:191"When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks.” 47:4“They wish that you would reject faith as they have rejected faith unless that you would all be equal. So, don’t take protectors from them unless they emigrate in the way of Allah but if they turn back, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them.” 4:89“Oh you who believe, fight those of the disbelievers who are close to you and let them find harshness in you.” 9:123Islam is Jihad.  Mohammed taught his followers to murder, rob, rape. torture, and pillage anyone who did not recognize him as the prophet.  When terrorists blow up Christians, they are doing exactly what Mohammed taught them to do.  Islam is not a religion of peace.  It is a religion of barbarism, murder, and carnage.  If you let these people into your country, they will practice their religion, and their religion says to kill you.

Blanco Diablo AurorusBorealus Mon, 09/04/2017 - 05:58 Permalink

The word “Islam” means “submission” and a “Muslim” is “one who submits.” Apparently, the concept that Western women must now “submit” to Middle Eastern mores is increasing and many Europeans are unaware it is even happening.Everywhere you look there is an effort by politicians to bow to the wishes of growing Muslim populations. Feminists who once rebelled against “second class status” are now attempting to appease sharia policies.The current trend is a similar expression of giving in to the wishes of Muslims in an effort to “get along.”It won’t work, and anyone who believes it will is uninformed and naive.The dangerous aspect of that trend, however, is that history demonstrates that once Muslims gain control of a place and dominate a society, the opportunity for free expression dissipates and Sharia becomes the law of the land.

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Crash N. Burn Blanco Diablo Mon, 09/04/2017 - 09:07 Permalink

"The current trend is a similar expression of giving in to the wishes of Muslims in an effort to “get along.” It won’t work, and anyone who believes it will is uninformed and naive."You forgot or trying to profit (damn the real costs)."German supermarket giant Lidl has been caught doctoring pictures of the iconic Anastasis Church in Santorini, Greece, which appear on some of its products, to erase the crosses which adorn the building."European Supermarket Erased Crosses From Packaging Because it ‘Respects Diversity’

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Blanco Diablo Mon, 09/04/2017 - 05:54 Permalink

U.S. and German citizens are put at significant risk by the politically correct acceptance of unscreened immigrants from countries with a high prevalence of infectious diseases, many difficult or impossible to treat. Yet authorities in both countries have failed to fully inform the public of the dangers.According to the July 2017 Infectious Disease Epidemiology Annual Report by the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, Germany has seen a surge in chicken pox, cholera, dengue fever, tuberculosis, leprosy, measles, malaria, meningococcal diseases, hemorrhagic fevers, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, paratyphoid, rubella, shigellosis, syphilis, typhus, toxoplasmosis, tularemia, trichinellosis, whooping cough, and many fungal and parasitic infections. Here are a few striking examples:Measles is up more than 450 percent. Hepatitis B is up 300 percent. Scabies escalated nearly 3,000 percent. HIV/AIDS increased 30 percent. Tuberculosis (TB) is at least 30 percent higher – but German and U.S. physicians suspect that the incidence of TB is actually far higher than reported, and is being downplayed to avoid causing public outrage over the influx of immigrants. In Germany, more than 40 percent of TB cases are multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB).Dengue fever is up over 25 percent just from 2014.

Manipuflation Mon, 09/04/2017 - 06:11 Permalink

And for this issue, you coppers who think you are undercover are not.  Both male and female agents are SO FUCKING OBVIOUS.  It is very easy to tell who the cops are.  I hope we are not paying these fools.  I have confirmation within 30 seconds.

Stan522 quasi_verbatim Mon, 09/04/2017 - 07:59 Permalink

And if the deniers of this truth took the time to study history, they would see the same pattern of jihad since Mohammed only with the disruption of it with the aftermath of WWI and the European colonies created. Have you noticed starting with Carter, then Bush and obama were successful in knocking out so many of those colonies in Iran, Libya Yemen... Tried to do it in Egypt and trying to do it in Syria...? What's the big plan here or is it just coincidence?

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PhiPhi Mon, 09/04/2017 - 07:13 Permalink

Strange isn't it?  No invasion of privacy, no abdication of freedoms, no inconvenience, no amount of tax payers money is too much to keep us safe from terrorism however hundreds of thousands of migrants with potential radical Islamic beliefs are welcomed with open arms.  Perhaps the onus should be on the countries where the radicals emanate from to sort their shit out before other nations are expected to consider their migrants visa and settlement applications.

Stan522 PhiPhi Mon, 09/04/2017 - 07:48 Permalink

We've become a bunch of lemmings... We've been pussified by the politically correct feminist left into submission. Try doing this to the WWII generation.... They'd be marching by the millions in Washington DC with pitch forks and torches prepared to burn that city down. Today....? We just whine about it on public websites like ZeroHedge.....

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mog Mon, 09/04/2017 - 07:31 Permalink

They are flooding into Britain completely unvetted.
Straight into free houses and benefits for life - and to pocket for terrorism.
Aided and abetted by our Prime Minister and Home Secretary.
Doubt me.
Here is our Prime Minister - a complete security risk with her absolute denial of anything remotely dangerous about the islamic takeover she herself is doing so much to facilitate.…

ThorAss Mon, 09/04/2017 - 07:39 Permalink

It's got to the point where I can tell it's Gatestone before I even get to the end of the headline. Not news, just more hypocrisy. Hey all you racist, separationist, terrorist apartheid lovers, why don't you just mind your own business and stop messing up the world?