These are Muslims who actually get up, travel to the Middle East and go to fight for the Islamic State. How many sympathizers are there in the ummah?
The number of foreign fighters who have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State 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. (The Telegraph)
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.
ISIS Doubles Recruitment of Foreign Fighters for Battle in Syria,” By Christian Post, December 11, 2015
Foreign fighters flocking to Syria and Iraq from Europe and other continents has doubled since the summer of 2014.
According to the Soufan Group, ”Between 27,000 and 31,000 people from 86 countries have traveled to join the Islamic State in Syria and similar militant organizations.”
The New York-based security agency reported in June of 2014 that 12,000 foreign fighters from 81 countries were involved in the Syrian civil war, suggesting that recruiting by the Islamic State is expanding rapidly.
“The foreign fighter phenomenon in Iraq and Syria is truly global,” the intelligence report declared.
The organization stated that recruitment in the United States is mostly dependent on social media and the number of people being recruited has remained more stable than other regions.