Number of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria ‘has doubled in past year’

The number of foreign fighters who have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join militant groups such as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has more than doubled and could stand at 31,000, according to a new study.

The figures show the extent to which a jihadist movement that grew out of Iraq’s insurgency and Syria’s civil war has become a hub for international terror.

According to the Soufan research group and its vice-president, the former MI6 head of counter-terrorism Richard Barrett, the number of fighters has grown hugely since the beginning of the US-led bombing raids against the group in summer 2014.

  • tom_billesley

    They’re very keen on the bullion fringe to their flags.

    • Minicapt

      Up-twinkles and down-twinkles.


  • Censored_EG

    Yeah, and Justin wants to let thousands of them into Canada.