— The Erimtan Angle —

‘The UN says an unprecedented number of foreigners is flocking to Iraq and Syria to join extremist groups such as ISIL despite the US-led strikes on the groups positions. A report, conducted by the UN Security Council, has found out that 15000 people have swarmed to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside the Isil or other such terrorist groups. It say they come form more than 80 countries that hadn’t contributed to the international terrorism before. The UNSC report warns that more countries than ever will face a backlash from the nationals who would come back from Syria and Iraq. It reveals that many of the foreign militants are youngsters as the Isil makes massive use of social media. The Obama administration is spearheading a large coalition of western and regional nations to prevent Isil militants from advancing (30 Oct 2014)’.

From New York, the American national security reporter and blogger Spencer Ackerman writes in The Guardian that a “report by the UN security council, obtained by the Guardian, finds that 15,000 people have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside the Islamic State (Isis) and similar extremist groups. They come from more than 80 countries, the report states, ‘including a tail of countries that have not previously faced challenges relating to al-Qaida’. The UN said it was uncertain whether al-Qaida would benefit from the surge. Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaida who booted Isis out of his organisation, ‘appears to be maneuvering for relevance’, the report says. The UN’s numbers bolster recent estimates from US intelligence about the scope of the foreign fighter problem, which the UN report finds to have spread despite the Obama administration’s aggressive counter-terrorism strikes and global surveillance dragnets”.[1]

[1] Spencer Ackerman, “Foreign jihadists flocking to Iraq and Syria on ‘unprecedented scale’ – UN” The Guardian (30 Oct 2014). http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/30/foreign-jihadist-iraq-syria-unprecedented-un-isis.

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