G7 threats assessed

Ministers from G7 countries will be tackling how to deal with foreign fighters returning from Middle East battlefields.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the defeat of Islamic State militants last year in Syria has caused them to spread out, both geographically and virtually, on the internet, where they pose renewed threats.

Goodale is joining Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland today as G7 foreign and interior ministers hold overlapping talks.

The ministers have a full slate of international security issues.

They include: the nuclear standoff with North Korea; the disruptive influence of Vladimir Putin's Russia; the crisis in Venezuela; possible war crimes being committed against Rohingya Muslims; and the ongoing Syrian civil war and Middle East unrest.

The three-day Toronto talks are part of the ministerial level gatherings in the run-up to the G7 leaders' summit which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will host in June in Charlevoix, Que.

Goodale told The Canadian Press that his G7 counterparts began their discussion last year following ISIL's defeat in Raqqa.

"They move more aggressively on to the internet and various types of social media and the dark web."

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