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The Islamic State (IS) has a large number of foreign fighters in its ranks fighting in Iraq and Syria. Most are fighting in Syria. The majority of foreign fighters come from Middle Eastern countries; however a few thousand come from countries in the European Union as well as the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Papers and Publications about Foreign Fighters

February 18, 2015. Ministerial on Information Sharing to Counter Foreign Terrorist Fighters". U.S. Department of State. A ministerial-level meeting was conducted focused on the evolving foreign terrorist fighter (FTF) threat. The meeting explored how improvements can be made in information sharing and collaboration on the global challenge of FTFs.

News Articles about Foreign Fighters

March 8, 2015. "ISIS and the Foreign-Fighter phenomenon." The Atlantic. Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger provide insight into the foreign fighters of ISIS.

February 16, 2015. "Lost in Syria". The New Yorker. The sad story of an American veteran, Eric Harroun, who went to Syria to fight for the rebels.

September 29, 2014. "The Foreign Fighter Resolution: Implementing a Holistic Strategy to Defeat ISIL", Just Security.

September 10, 2014. "Homeward Bound? Don't Hype the Threat of Returning Jihadists". Foreign Affairs.

August 25, 2014. "Foreign Fighters are a Global Threat". RAND Corporation Commentary.

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