ABOUT 30 radicals from Scotland have travelled to oversea war zones, experts believe.
Police say combating radicalisation among young people who go abroad to join terrorist groups is now one of their top priorities.
While the precise number is impossible to quantify, experts believe that around 30 radicals from Scotland have gone to Syria and other conflict zones.
Police chiefs say the motives underlying their decisions are hard to determine, with some going for legitimate humanitarian reasons, perhaps working for an aid charity.
Prospective terrorists may need psychological help if they return home, though they may also face the prospect of prosecution.
At a meeting last week of the Scottish Police Authority, Sir Stephen House, Chief Constable of Police Scotland, said: “Some will come back and they will need help because they will be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder from what they have seen out there and experienced out there.”