An estimated 5,000 members of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group are currently living in the countries of the European Union (EU), Press TV reports.
The revelation was made at a conference called the European Security Policy in the Belgian capital, Brussels, on Wednesday, where it was also revealed that the vast majority of the Takfiri terrorists living in the EU are themselves European citizens.
Experts at the conference discussed the EU’s failed security police, saying the terrorists, who are scattered all across the 28-member bloc, have ambitions to carry out more deadly attacks on European soil.
The conference criticized the lack of a coordinated approach to tackling terrorism and poor levels of intelligence sharing among EU countries.
“These threats, in Europe at least, stem from dysfunctional and difficult domestic politics, more than they stem from external sources,” said Jeremy Shapiro (pictured below), the research director of the European Council on Foreign Relations.