Berlin says 100 Germans killed fighting alongside ISIL

About 100 Germans have died fighting within the ranks of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) since 2012, according to the country’s interior minister.

In comments published Sunday, Thomas de Maziere said that about 700 had travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside ISIL in the last three years.

About a third of those who travelled to the region to fight have since returned, de Maziere told Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

De Maziere said Germany has blocked travel to the region in an effort to control the problem.