Mr de Kerchove said: “This is a ticking time bomb.”
Presently, children of ISIS families face being denied education, healthcare because they are not recognised as citizens since their birth certificates were issued in the caliphate, reports the Times.
Some kids, especially young boys, have been brainwashed and brutalised an extremely violent culture.
As reported, one “cub of the caliphate” has told how he even helped his dad out with chopping heads of prisoners.
Today’s next generation warning comes as western countries bid to block its jihadis returning amid fears they will be a serious risk to public safety.
In February the UK stripped 19-year-old Shamima Begum of her British citizenship, although she is presently appealing this decision.
This is a ticking time bomb
EU Anti-Terror Chief Gilles De Kerchove
Mr de Kerchove was speaking at an anti-terrorism conference in Rome yesterday, which also heard how deradicalising female ISIS recruits would be vital to stop more terrorist attacks in Europe.
NEW GENERATION OF JIHADIS
The Norwegian Refugee Council estimates there are 45,000 stateless children which predicted the number would leap in a few days as more than 30,000 Iraqis return from refugee camps in Syria.
About 90 per cent of these people are said to be wives and children with strong ties to ISIS.
Children denied papers in Syria have also been reported.
French terror expert Farhad Khosrokhavar said the Iraqi government was deliberately withholding identity documents from the children.
He said: “The problem is the Shias holding power don’t want to give papers to Sunnis who don’t have them.
“There is a climate of vengeance. ‘You have done harm to us and we will do harm to you’ is the message.”
According to a report last year by King’s College London, 145 of the 850 British citizens who joined ISIS were women.
It noted that a terrorist attack on the British Museum by an all-female terrorist cell was foiled in 2017, and that Safaa Boular, a British teenager and convicted ISIS member was radicalised by a female Australian fighter in Syria.
Professor Khosrokhavar said: “The UK will have major problems.
“Begum might go to the European Court [of Human Rights] which could put the UK under pressure.
“Some in France have already gone to the court.
“Children and jihadi brides should be brought back and followed by psychologists.
“Denying them re-entry gives a bleak picture of Europe.”
Shamima Begum – Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister Abdul Momen says if ISIS bride did go to Dhaka she’d be hanged