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May 21, 2015 9:46 am

Estimate Says 17,000 Foreigners Fight for Islamic State

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Foreigners are traveling to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State. Photo: Screenshot

My Way/AP – From New Zealand, came a former security guard; from Canada, a hockey fan who loved to fish and hunt.

And there have been many, many more: between 16,000 and 17,000, according to one independent Western estimate, men and a small number of women from 90 countries or more who have streamed to Syria and Iraq to wage Muslim holy war for the Islamic State.

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  • shloime

    maybe isis would be less successful at recruiting if more media attention were paid to what actually happens to foreign “recruits”.

    since most of them don’t speak arabic, they’re of no use as fighters, which means they are mostly used as suicide bombers, unless they have “media skills” (like a talent for beheading infidels). and it’s even worse for women.

    but there are few, if any, mentions of this in the media.