TSC Report Cited by Malaysian Digest: How Russia Spawned more ISIL Fighters than most Nations
November 2, 2017

How Russia Spawned more ISIL Fighters than most Nations

Malaysian Digest


Abdulmajid Abakarov, a 12-year-old boy from Russia’s troubled province of Dagestan, had not seen his mother in three years. Zagidat Abakarova, 34, and her two younger children were “forcibly held” in Syria by her husband, who had joined ISIL, Russian officials said.

On October 21, the boy waited for her at the airport in Grozny, the capital of neighbouring Chechnya, in an agitated crowd of civilians, security officers and journalists …

Almost 3,500 Russians fight for ISIL, making Russia the largest source of recruits – ahead of Saudi Arabia and Jordan, The Soufan Center, a US-based think-tank, said on October 24.

As ISIL is nearing collapse, the think-tank warned that the fighters’ homelands face a “huge challenge” of returnees who are battle-hardened, indoctrinated and angry.

The Soufan Center said some 400 fighters have so far returned to Russia …


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