Greece had just elected its new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras. The new government is immediately posed with several challenges. Among these is its debt problem, high unemployment rate, unstable relationships with the rest of Europe and an emerging crisis on its security system.
Taking advantage of Greece’s condition and location
To unsuspecting minds, Greece is just another country that has suffered gravely from the Europe’s economic fallout. However to the world of terrorism, Greece is a strategic crossroads for both the jihadists that will be traveling from Europe to Syria and Iraq. It is also a place where an extremist could trudge unnoticed from exploits in the Middle East.
According to intelligence reports, the terrorists have exploited the land for its strategic location and its nearness to Turkey. Greece’s number of illegal entries from Syria has also escalated. Many jihadists pose as refugees from Syria to travel into Greece and then to Europe or the Middle East. The terrorists also took advantage of the financial crisis in the country.
A reliable source said that at least 200 people in Greece have actively participated in jihadist groups. People mostly join either the al Nusra Front or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
To prove that Greece is at risk of its national security, here are instances that link Greece to terrorism activities:
• According to Belgian intelligence, a renowned Belgian jihadist may have crossed from Syria to Greece and then contacted a terrorist via phone.
• Early this year, three Belgians were reportedly set to fly to Greece. They were sympathizers of the ISIS movement.
• Last year two jihadists from France were arrested. Both used Greece as an entry point to Europe.
Combating the problem
An informant of Greece said that the nation was not the target of the jihadists, it was only a gateway used by the terrorists.
The government of Greece has their security heightened. It was reported that in 2011, the Greek government detained 50,000 illegal migrants from Pakistan and Afghanistan. It will continue to conduct rigid measures of those who are trying to enter the country. Given, the rising number of daily refugees from Syria, this is a challenge for the government. Nonetheless, it will perform tight measures to secure the struggling nation.