Senior British police officer warns of extremism risk in Europe from jihadists returning after fighting in Iraq and Syria. Paul Chapman reports.
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The emergence of an online video purportedly showing British and Australian Muslims urging people to join the militants fighting in Iraq and Syria has raised fears of spreading extremism.
The men were filmed in Syria in what appeared to be a recruitment video for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants.
Cressida Dick is a senior British counter-terrorism police officer.
She's warning some foreign extremists now in Iraq or Syra may intend harm closer to home.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) METROPOLITAN POLICE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER CRESSIDA DICK SAYING:
"They may seek to radicalise others, they may seek to encourage other people to travel, they may seek to incite others to terrorist attacks or violence and of course some of them may perhaps come back here intending to attack people here or in Europe."
Doctor Usama Hasan, a senior researcher in Islamic Studies, says the militants, known as ISIL or ISIS, are the new al Qaeda.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) DR USAMA HASAN, SENIOR RESEARCHER IN ISLAMIC STUDIES, SAYING:
"The current al-Qaeda leadership with Ayman al-Zawahri is regarded as being too old and kind of dithering, not doing very much, and Abu Bakr Baghdadi who set up al Qaeda in Iraq and later transformed that into ISIS clearly wants to be the new leader of the al Qaeda brand."
The militants control parts of Syria and have captured a large area of Iraq including the city of Mosul.
They want to create an Islamic Caliphate from the Mediterranean Sea to Iran.
Intelligence agencies say the group has become a magnet for thousands of jihadi volunteers from Europe and North Africa.
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