EU Counter terrorism coordinator Gilles de Kerchove speaks during a press conference on September 5, 2011 at the European Headquarters in Brussels. AFP PHOTO/GEORGES GOBET
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ISIS military losses in Syria and Iraq may prompt some of its leaders to relocate to Libya where they will face less pressure, the EU's counterterrorism coordinator said Thursday.In an interview with AFP, Gilles de Kerchove also warned that the raids by the U.S.-led coalition and Russian warplanes as well as operations by Iraqi and Syrian ground troops could lead ISIS to stage more Paris-style attacks in Europe.De Kerchove cited the extremist group's recent ouster from the Iraqi city of Ramadi and heavy airstrikes in Syria where he said the organization is now on the defensive. Separately, Hans Bonte, the mayor of Vilvoorde, told AFP that three people from his Belgian city just north of Brussels have died in Syria or Iraq in the last several weeks, bringing the total deaths of foreign fighters from Vilvoorde to at least eight since mid-2014 .
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