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Radical Islamist groups in the Netherlands have become a decentralized and elusive "swarm" that may broaden their focus from the conflict in Syria to the wider Middle East, the Dutch intelligence service warned Monday.Its report reflects widespread concern in Europe at the threat posed by European citizens – mainly from Islamic immigrant milieus – leaving to fight in Middle East conflicts, then returning battle-hardened and posing security threats. Dutch authorities estimate that 120 Dutch citizens have fought in Syria's civil war, with 14 having died in combat, and that there are hundreds of jihadi militants in the country eyeing missions abroad, with thousands more sympathizers. The Dutch intelligence service warned that radicals in the Netherlands might turn their attention toward fighting in other current or potential Middle East conflict zones.The Dutch report said some 3,000 Europeans had gone to Syria to fight alongside Islamist rebels.
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