Syria Becoming New Cradle for Foreign Extremists

(Telegraph-UK) Alex Spillius - Syria is becoming a new breeding ground for jihadist fighters, with up to 5,500 foreigners having joined the civil war there. Researchers from King's College, taking information from "martyrdom notices" on jihadist websites and hundreds of press reports, found that between 28 and 134 fighters came from Britain. Ireland produced the highest number per capita, with 26, thanks to a group of men of Libyan origin. Past experience suggested that fighters returning to Europe from Syria would pose a threat at home. "European security services are well advised to monitor the situation closely" when "dealing with returning fighters," said a briefing paper by Aaron Zelin for the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King's.

2013-04-04 00:00:00

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