TSC Report Cited by Middle East Online: Fate of ISIS’s Foreign Fighters not Answered in Kill-Them-All Rhetoric
October 30, 2017
Middle East Online
By: Simon Cordall
British MP Rory Stewart’s comments that jihadists should die in the Islamic State’s collapsing caliphate sharply divided public opinion and, in raising the question of what ultimately must be done with foreign fighters, started a debate continued in many divisive media commentaries.
However, for a theatre in which the West and its proxies remain part players in an ensemble cast, what such pronouncements might actually mean on the ground is not clear …
There are thought to be about 40,000 foreign fighters engaged with ISIS in Syria and Iraq; 5,600 of those are said to have returned home within the last two years, The Soufan group reported. The report estimated the number of British fighters at 850, some of whom are presumed dead. France is said to have contributed 1,910 fighters to ISIS and Russia nearly double that …
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