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FOREIGN FIGHTERS IN SYRIA BY: RICHARD BARRETT - SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT - THE SOUFAN GROUP - JUNE 2014

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FOREIGN FIGHTERS

IN SYRIA

BY: 

RICHARD BARRETT 

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT 

THE SOUFAN GROUP

JUNE 2014

FOREIGN FIGHTERS I N SYRIA

The Soufan Group has provided this paper against a background of increasing

international concern about the flow of foreign fighters into Syria and their possible

actions on return. Given the potential scale of the problem and the limited resources

available to deal with it, The Soufan Group believes that policies must be based on as

full an understanding of the phenomenon as possible. This paper is a contribution to

that end. Richard Barrett, Senior Vice President of The Soufan Group, is the author of

the paper, with additional input from Robert McFadden, Senior Vice President, and

Patrick Skinner, Director of Special Projects.

FOREIGN FIGHTERS IN SYRIA

CONTENTS

Key Findings 6 

Summary 9 

Introduction 10 

Countries of Origin 11 

Who Goes 16 

Why 18 

The Threat 21 

Mitigating the Threat 25 

What is Being Done 27 

What More Could be Done 29 

Conclusion 31 

Contributors 32 

About The Soufan Group 33