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Foreign Fighters in Syria

Foreign Fighters in Syria

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Published by Tarek Fatah
As the conflict in Syria approaches its third year, increasing attention and concern are being paid to the conflict’s extremely high number of foreign fighters (FFs).
Conservative estimates place the number of FFs in Syria between 6,000 – 12,000.
Thus, Syria has attracted more FFs than any other previous conflict, and in particular, has attracted an enormous number of Western FFs.
FFs pose various threats to both their home states and the current conflict.
The staggering numbers of FFs in Syria therefore, have alarmed security officials who are faced with these threats. By outlining these various threats, assessing the Syrian conflict and its key actors, and the various FFs involved, this report seeks to explain why Syria has attracted so many FFs.
Furthermore, this report proposes several essential measures necessary for counter strategies, specifically those developed by Western states.
As the conflict in Syria approaches its third year, increasing attention and concern are being paid to the conflict’s extremely high number of foreign fighters (FFs).
Conservative estimates place the number of FFs in Syria between 6,000 – 12,000.
Thus, Syria has attracted more FFs than any other previous conflict, and in particular, has attracted an enormous number of Western FFs.
FFs pose various threats to both their home states and the current conflict.
The staggering numbers of FFs in Syria therefore, have alarmed security officials who are faced with these threats. By outlining these various threats, assessing the Syrian conflict and its key actors, and the various FFs involved, this report seeks to explain why Syria has attracted so many FFs.
Furthermore, this report proposes several essential measures necessary for counter strategies, specifically those developed by Western states.

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F
OREIGN
F
IGHTER
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NVOLVEMENT IN
S
YRIA
 
Ms. J. Skidmore Research Assistant, ICT Winter 2014
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The views expressed in this publication are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT).
 
ABSTRACT
As the conflict in Syria approaches its third year, increasing attention and concern are being
 paid to the conflict’s extremely high number of foreign fighters (FFs). Conservative estimates
 place the number of FFs in Syria between 6,000
 – 
 12,000. Thus, Syria has attracted more FFs than any other previous conflict, and in particular, has attracted an enormous number of Western FFs. FFs pose various threats to both their home states and the current conflict. The staggering numbers of FFs in Syria therefore, have alarmed security officials who are faced with these threats. By outlining these various threats, assessing the Syrian conflict and its key actors, and the various FFs involved, this report seeks to explain why Syria has attracted so many FFs. Furthermore, this report proposes several essential measures necessary for counter strategies, specifically those developed by Western states.
 
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