Syria hosts world’s extremists


ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – According to U.N. experts, more than 25,000 foreign fighters from more than 100 countries are fighting in the ranks of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) and the al-Nusra Front (Syria’s branch of al-Qaeda) in both Syria and Iraq.

According to a statement by U.N. officials: “Syria has become an international high-level school for extremists,” who added that there are some 6,500 foreign fighters in Afghanistan and hundreds others who have been fighting in Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan.

The experts said also in a report presented addressing members of the Security Council that the foreign fighters who have traveled to Syria and Iraq have been involved in war crimes and crimes against humanity. 

Several media reports and human rights organizations accused neighboring Syrian countries of facilitating the passage of foreign fighters across their borders to fight in the ranks of the Islamic State, including Turkey, which has a border with Syria stretches for more than 900 km.

Speaking to ARA News, Kurdish journalist Alaa Ahmed commented sarcastically about the Briton schoolgirls who joined the Islamic State passing the Turkish territory to Syria, saying: “The Turkish authorities can determine the identity of those who helped the British girls over a short period, but it is unable to determine the identity of those who help train, arm and cross thousands of IS members to Syria and Iraq through its territory.

Noteworthy, the report came at the request of the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday, after a meeting chaired by U.S. President Barack Obama in September 2014, to monitor the threats posed by foreign fighters who have joined the al-Qaeda-linked radical groups.


Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh

Source: ARA News

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