TSG Report Cited on Forbes: The Uncomfortable Question of the West’s Response to Daesh
April 6, 2017

The Uncomfortable Question of the West’s Response to Daesh

By: Ewelina U. Ochab


In January 2017, shortly after taking office, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning citizens of a number of predominately Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen) from entering the United States, the so-called ‘Trump Ban’. The ban was being justified by the ongoing threat posed by terrorism, and most notably, by the threat of Daesh (Islamic State) fighters arriving on US soil …

As Daesh is losing territory in Iraq and Syria, it is expected that many of the Daesh foreign fighters will eventually return to their home countries. This is a serious threat as in 2016, the number of Daesh foreign fighters has been assessed at over 30,000. It has been reported by The Soufan Group that at least 5,000 fighters were from European countries, including over 3,700 Daesh fighters from just four countries: the UK, France, Germany, and Belgium. The US appears to be in a slightly better situation …


Download The Soufan Group’s updated report on Foreign Fighters here.


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