Two in every 100 Syrian migrants smuggled into Europe are Islamic State-trained fanatics, David Cameron was warned yesterday.
Lebanese education minister Elias Bousaab, who met the Prime Minister during his lightning visit to the region, said the extremist group is sending trained jihadists ‘under cover’ to attack targets in the West.
If true, it could mean up to 400 of the 20,000 refugees Britain has promised to accept by 2020 have been radicalised.
And like an infection (or Amway salesmen), they will radicalize others through social media and personal contact. Those 400 could easily become 800, then 1,600, or even more. The “even more” seems the likely bet when you remember how easy it is to radicalize people who are far from home, isolated within a refugee community, and having endured horrors like the Syrian Civil War.
But the most frightening thing is how few terrorists it takes — sometimes just one man with a gun or a bomb — to perform a mass killing.