An unnamed source claims that at least 12 French troops have joined ISIS, while France's Defense Minister has announced new measures to vet army recruits.
In a surprising yet terrifying turn of events, French defense sources have told Agence France-Presse that they estimated that a dozen former French troops have joined ISIS on their bloody crusade.
An unnamed defense source tells AFP:“We estimate at around a dozen the number of former troops who have joined these networks.” Adding that “our concern is not former soldiers... It's preventing the phenomenon of radicalisation with our forces.”
Despite these strong statements, the Defense Minister recently held a press conference where he stressed that “the cases of former soldiers being tempted by jihadism are extremely rare.” To prevent this from happening, 65 extra staff will be hired to help vet better recruits, and new anti-terrorism measures will be taken in the wake of the recent tragic attacks in Paris.
Of the terrorists responsible for the recent attacks, two have claimed to pledge allegiance to al-Qaeda in Yemen, while another gunmen in the attack on a supermarket claimed to be aligned with ISIS.
As it stands, French authorities believe that at least 1,200 French citizens and residents are involved in extremist fighting in Iraq and Syria, giving many cause for concerns as ISIS continues to grow.