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Internationals Waging Jihad

Al-Qaeda-FlagAs ISIS grew in Syria the terrorist group’s overseas recruitment went up.  As the ISIS horde sweeps across Iraq their recruitment is increasing even more with the terrorist group courting people the world over to join their terror campaign.   Many that have joined the terrorist campaign have returned home or will return home posing an increased threat to countries around the world.

1,000 Chinese Jihadists Training In Pakistan
Some 1,000 Chinese jihadists are receiving military training at a base in Pakistan, as an indeterminate number of Chinese nationals are already fighting inside Syria, Jacques Neriah told a top-flight delegation from China visiting the country. JPost

Women among radicalised Britons fighting in Syria
British women are travelling to Syria to fight alongside hardline extremists in a bloody holy war, the Home Secretary has said. Theresa May said last night that radicalised women were among an estimated 400 Britons to have left the UK to fight for an Islamic state. The Scotsman

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Returning Jihadist Fighters From Syria

Syria Fighting

A historically unprecedented number of foreign fighters have gone to Syria.  Some have joined extremist factions.  EU counter-terrorism co-ordinator Gilles de Kerchove estimates that over 2,000 Europeans have gone to Syria to fight, mainly from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK. Many are now returning home posing an increased threat to Western countries.  Norwegian academic Thomas Hegghammer found on average one in nine foreign fighters returned home to take part in a domestic terror plot.

A dark side is evidence that some of the foreign fighters in Syria have been involved in brutal atrocities.  A highly graphic video was released in 2013, a prisoner is shown being beheaded with a knife, some of the perpetrators speak Dutch (Flemish) and French.

A Frenchman arrested in connection with a shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels spent more than a year training in Syria, said Paris public prosecutor François Molins.

In March, French counter-terrorism police arrested 23-year-old Ibrahim B., a returning fighter from Syria, who was preparing to strike in the southern French region of Côte d’Azur. Some 900 kilos of explosives were found in the suspect’s temporary apartment near Cannes.

The Long War Journal lists a sampling of the terrorist activity outside Syria from returning fighters, fighters from over 70 countries are now fighting in Syria.

Why are so many foreign fighters streaming to Syria?

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