The daily speaks of some seventy youngsters aged between 17 and 25 being involved in the Syrian civil war. The youngsters are believed to come from Brussels and Flemish cities including Antwerp, Mechelen and Vilvoorde.
Most of the youngsters set off to join the opposition against President Assad. The youngsters are not being deployed by the Free Syrian Army, but are active in extremist Salafist groups opposed to Assad's Alawite regime.
Other Belgian youngsters have surfaced in radical Muslim militias in Yemen and in Chechnya in Russia.
Belgian security services are concerned about what could happen when these youngsters return to this country. Their experience with arms and explosives and the likelihood that they will have been indoctrinated by what are seen as violent Islamists is setting alarm bells ringing.