25,000 foreigners fight with Islamist militants: UN

Published April 2nd, 2015 - 07:59 GMT
The report says the number of foreign fighters has risen significantly in the past three years. (HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP)
The report says the number of foreign fighters has risen significantly in the past three years. (HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP)

The number of foreign fighters joining Al-Qaeda and Daesh (ISIS) in Iraq, Syria and other countries has reached over 25,000, the Associated Press has reported a new UN report as saying.

Between mid-2014 and March 2015 there has been a 71 percent rise in the number of foreign fighters worldwide from over 100 nations, according to the UN report.

During the past three years the number of foreign fighters has increased signigicantly and now “is higher than it has ever been historically,” the report said.

Syria and Iraq account for 20, 000 of the fighters mainly going to fight with Daesh, but also al Nusra Front.

 


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