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Foreign fighters – Member State responses and EU action

Foreign fighters – Member State responses and EU action

Estimated number of foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq, by country of origin in 2015

According to the
Soufan Group (a New York-based security intelligence consultancy), in 2015 the overall number of foreign combatants in Syria and Iraq was between 27 000 and 30 000. An estimated 5 000 fighters originated in the EU (see Figure 1). The number of foreign
fighters from western Europe has more than doubled since June 2014. Most of them
(almost 3 700) come from just four countries (France, the UK, Germany and Belgium).

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