Benyettou, an ex-jihadi jailed for four years, believes Europe isn’t ready.
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Over the next two years, terrorism convicts will walk free from European prisons by the dozens – more than 200 inmates who largely formed the first wave of jihadis streaming to Syria and Iraq, dreaming of an Islamic caliphate not yet established.How much of a threat do these avowed extremists living throughout Europe pose, and how equipped are authorities to handle them?Farid Benyettou, an ex-jihadi who served four years in prison and has now publicly renounced extremist violence, fears Europe is not ready.The cell epitomizes Europe's urgent question: Are the terrorism convicts verging on freedom like Benyettou, the Kouachis or somewhere between?Terrorism prison sentences in Europe until very recently averaged about six years, compared to 13 years in the United States, according to Europol data.In Britain, where nearly half of terrorism sentences are four years or less, 25 inmates are due for release – fully three-quarters of those convicted under one of the country's main terrorism statute as of mid-2017 .That's where many fear Europe will fail the next wave of terrorism convicts
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