Foreign militants, of British and French nationalities, fighting against President Bashar al - Assad in Syria will endanger the interests of Britain and France once they are back home, an analyst says.
“They come back that they might be involved in terrorist activities against the British, French states, ” Chris Bambery said to a news agency on Saturday. He added that the militants are likely to “continue the kind of sectarian attacks they’ve been involved in” in Syria.
“We’ve already seen one instance of sectarian violence in London for instance so I think there is growing alarm over this, ” said Bambery.
Some 1,900 foreign militants are said to be fighting in war - stricken Syria. Bambery said some 300 militants of British nationality are reportedly fighting in Syria.
“The figure in France is even higher at 400. And there is growing alarm as to what will happen when these people come back, ” he added.
Crisis has gripped Syria since March 2011. According to statistics released by the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the turmoil. Bambery said “things are going from bad to worse” in the United Kingdom, adding that the “al - Qaeda - linked groups” fighting in Syria “are raising alarms. ”
“I think this reflects a change in the situation, I think there is growing awareness among the people of Europe about what is going on in Syria - that there have been attacks, ” he said.
President Assad warned on Saturday that militancy threatens the entire Middle East region, stressing that Syria will never tolerate Takfiri and other extremist groups.