Greek State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki has confirmed press reports that the US government has demanded that the Greek government arrest jihadi fighters traveling through the country en route from Albania and Bosnia to Syria and Iraq.
“We’ve of course expressed our concern about the flow of foreign fighters into and out of Syria and Iraq in very clear terms. This is not an issue that’s unique to Greece. We know that of the 15,000 foreign fighters, at least 2,000 of them are – we believe are Westerners. I can look into this more specifically – or these specific reports and see if there’s more we can add on that,” Psaki noted during a daily press briefing.
The Greek Intelligence Service has reportedly stepped up its efforts to locate and track suspected militants arriving in the country. It is believed that Western supporters of ISIS prefer to travel through Greece in their efforts to reach the Middle East.