Growing fears for French teens en route to fight jihad in Syria
French Interior Minister Manuel Valls. AFP PhotoFrench Interior Minister Manuel Valls said on Jan. 19 that around a dozen French minors were either in transit or had arrived in Syria to fight alongside Islamist militants in the war-torn country.
The departure of young French men intent on waging Jihad in Syria has become a worrying trend. Last week media reported that two 15-year-olds from the southwestern city of Toulouse had left to enlist in a militia.
“The two teens may not have reached Syria yet. They may be in Turkey. We are working closely with their families to bring them back,” Valls told Europe 1 radio.
“This trend has grown during the last few weeks, since the end of 2013,” the minister added.
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