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article imageSyrian war has attracted more jihadists than 1980s Afghanistan

By Paul Iddon     Jun 3, 2014 in Politics
A report from the private security company, Soufan Group, indicates that some 12,000 foreign fighters, many of them Islamists, have gone to fight in the ongoing war in Syria.
As TIME points out this estimate is a sharp increase from the hitherto 7,000 estimated by Israeli and American intelligence sources.
Throughout the 1980's when the Soviet Union was occupying Afghanistan around 10,000 foreign fighters went there in order to fight the Soviet Army.
The Syrian conflict is three years old and already surpasses the number that went to fight there.
Of the 12,000 an estimated 3,000 are estimated to have originally come from western countries leading to increasing fears that may use their newly acquired skills on the battlefield to execute terrorist attacks in their western home countries.
The report says that, "Leaving aside what may happen in Syria, if al-Qaeda can maintain a network of even a small number of motivated returnees, or recruit fighters to its terrorist agenda while they are still in Syria, it may once more pose a significant global threat."
The report also said that if we are to apply any of the lessons learned from the Soviet war in Afghanistan is is that, "the Syrian war is likely to be an incubator for a new generation of terrorists."
CNN quoted the director of the International Center for the Study of Radicalization Peter Nuemann who said that,
"The old al-Qaeda, I believe, is no longer that relevant. In five years' time we may well be talking about a different kind of organization, and one that like Afghanistan in the 1980's has been created in Syria."
Indeed just the other day a resident of the U.S. state of Florida, Moner Mohammed Abusalha, became the American suicide bomber to take his own life whilst fighting for the extremist Islamist al-Nusra Front organization.
Also the other day the first attack carried out by a foreign fighter who fought in Syria took place in Belgium late last month when a French citizen who had fought with the ISIS Islamist group in Syria gunned down three people at the Jewish museum there.
As reported here E.U countries and the United States were already becoming increasingly concerned about the rapidly increasing and clear threat of western grown Islamist terrorists going to fight in Syria and then returning home to wreck havoc.
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