A rebel fighter takes away a flag that belonged to ISIS militants in Akhtarin village, after rebel fighters advanced in the area, in northern Aleppo Governorate, Syria, October 7, 2016. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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Prisons in Europe are becoming "breeding grounds" for extremist groups, with some criminals seeing violent extremism as a form of redemption for their crimes, a report by a British think tank published Tuesday said.Extremist and criminal groups are recruiting from the same pool of people, while their social networks are also converging, the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence (ICSR) found, in what it dubbed a "new crime-terror nexus". The emergence of ISIS has strengthened the link between crime and terrorism, according to the report which examined the profiles of European extremists recruited since 2011 .Over the past five years an estimated 5,000 Western Europeans have travelled to the Middle East to join extremist groups such as ISIS and the Syrian Fatah al-Sham Front, a former Al-Qaeda affiliate, the report said.
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