Just an informational kind of post.
Where do the estimated 20,000 foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria come from, and how many of them are still out there?
Top 10 countries by foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria
Country Number of fighters
Saudi Arabia 2275
Turkey 1400 ?
United Kingdom 700
It can be assumed that the majority of the people who have travelled are with the Islamic State, according to the Soufan Group that collates the figures.Tunisia- high numbers- A very successful Arab Spring according to the US. Does that explain those numbers?
The group said that the figures may include women and children, who usually do not fight in the conflict. There are also unreported numbers of people who have died in or returned from the conflict zone.
Turkey- check the pdf? Pg. 12; Official Stats are 400. The map shows 400 to 800. Tunisia's officials stat is at 3,000. How did the number of Turk's allegedly quadruple in the two media articles vs the figures from the pdf ? Tunisia's figure didn't quadruple to 12,000. Where did the news reports get the stats for Turkey? Are the Kurds counted amongst the Turkish citizens fighting alongside ISIS?
Because we know Kurds from Turkey fight with ISIS
- In the early 2000s they (Kurdish extremists) beheaded many PUK peshmergas and they blew up a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Eid celebration in Erbil, killing senior KDP members, so they have been active within the Kurdish community."The low number of Saudis was surprising. The high numbers from France were interesting.