RUSI NewsbriefVOLUME 40ISSUE 6members only

Dealing with Returning Islamic State Fighters


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We should take collective global action to hold foreign terrorist fighters to account, prevent impunity, and reverse the growth and influence of global jihadism.

It is estimated that more than 100,000 detained Islamic State fighters, as well as family members, are still residing in Syria. Between one-half and two-thirds of the more than 40,000 who joined the ‘caliphate’ are still alive and could pose a global threat for years to come. Foreign fighters are also engaged with Al Qa’ida-aligned groups in Idlib province, in particular Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham and Tanzim Hurras Al-Din. Since the fall of the Islamic State’s geographical

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Sabin Khan

Senior Associate Fellow

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