Threat posed by violent extremism is higher in Europe than anywhere else:US European Command head General Curtis Scaparrotti
Mar 24, London: The US European Command head General Curtis Scaparrotti while commenting on Wednesday’s terrorist attack in London, said that the threat posed by violent extremism is higher in Europe than anywhere else in the world, apart from actual war zones and hotspots,
"The number of threat streams that we have of this type within Europe – it’s probably higher in Europe than any other part of the globe, with the exception of the places we’re actually physically fighting [terrorists], like Syria […] Afghanistan and Iraq, the senior US military leader in Europe, who is also NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday.
He said that Europe is faced with a “difficult challenge” posed by extremists.“Europe is challenged by both the flow of terrorists returning from Syria and other places. They’re challenged by an internal threat of those inspired by ISIS [Islamic State or IS] or directed by ISIS and this is another, an example of the attacks that we’ve seen in Europe in the past year. It’s a difficult challenge.”
Scaparrotti expressed his condolences to those injured or killed in the London tragedy, noting that the United States is ready to further support its NATO.While stressing the importance of IS’ defeat, Tillerson warned against a possible spillover of the terrorist threat to other areas once the group is defeated in the Middle East.“As we stabilize areas encompassing ISIS' phony physical caliphate in Iraq and Syria, we also must prevent their seeds of hatred from taking root elsewhere,” he said.
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