Syria: '12,000 fighters from 81 countries in civil war'

'An incubator for new generation of terrorists' says ex MI6

24 June, 19:36

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, JUNE 24 - Some 12,000 combatants from 81 countries have joined the Syrian civil war since it began three years ago, the former head of counter-terrorism at MI6, Richard Barrett, said in a report Tuesday.

    Of these, 3,000 come from Western countries, beginning with France (more than 700), followed by the UK (at least 400), Germany (270) and Belgium (250). The bulk come from the Arab world, with 3,000 Tunisians and 1,500 Moroccans. This makes 2,000 more foreign fighters than joined the fray in Afghanistan in a decade of war.

    ''Arar al-Sham, Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS, all of which were founded by former members of al-Qaeda, attract the most foreign combatants. These three groups are more capable of fielding large numbers of troops, are better organized and better financed than their more moderate counterparts'', Barrett wrote.

    ''The Syrian war will probably become an incubator for a new generation of terrorists''.(ANSAmed).

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