File - French special Police forces escort a suspect from a residential building in the Meinau suburb of Strasbourg, May 13. 2014.REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
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The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), the group that burst into prominence last week by seizing much of northern Iraq, is the destination of choice for Europeans who have joined the radical Islamist cause in Syria.Paris prosecutors say the prime suspect in the May 24 murder of four people at Brussels' Jewish Museum is an Islamist radical who fought in Syria. Spain's Interior Ministry said Monday that eight people were arrested in Madrid on suspicion of recruiting fighters for ISIS, and French police detained four people for the same reason earlier this month. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told Parliament on April 30 that 285 French were in Syria fighting, 120 were on their way, and 100 had returned home. The U.K. estimates that about 400 of its citizens are fighting in Syria, some with ISIS, Foreign Secretary William Hague said Monday.Access is also easy via Turkey, which shares a 910-kilometer border with Syria, doesn't require visas for most Europeans, and receives almost 40 million tourists a year, making arrivals hard to track.
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