TSG Report Cited in BBC News: Battle for Iraq and Syria in maps
October 22, 2014

Battle for Iraq and Syria in Maps

BBC News


The US-led coalition has now launched more than 300 air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militant targets in Iraq, since the campaign began on 8 August…

Foreign fighters

The US Central Intelligence Agency believes IS may have up to 31,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria – three times as many as previously thought.

Among them are foreign recruits – the number of whom has surged since IS declared itself a caliphate in the summer, international investigators say.

Figures from the London-based International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) and New York-based The Soufan Group show an estimated 12,000 fighters from almost 80 countries have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight with extremist groups.

Origin of foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq

The figures suggest that while about a quarter of the foreign fighters are from the West, the majority are from nearby Arab countries, such as Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

Foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq chart

Some have travelled from as far away as China, Canada and Australia.

Australian officials believe at least 60 of the country’s citizens are fighting with jihadist groups in Syria and northern Iraq. Others suggest the figure could be as high as…


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