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Where ISIS Fighters (Allegedly) Come From

by Pater Tenebrarum,

A Map of ISIS Recruitment

Via “Amazing Maps” on Twitter comes the following info-graphic that purports to show the origin of foreign ISIS recruits (i.e., recruits that are not from Syria and Iraq). There are obvious problems with such statistics, such as the one mentioned by one commenter on Twitter, namely “do they all have to register when they leave their respective countries?”.

Nevertheless, we thought the estimates interesting, if only on a relative basis. In several cases the estimates strike us as likely far too low, such as the numbers attributed to assorted Gulf sheikdoms. Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE are very small, but just 15 fighters from each? We recall that there even exists an ISIS propaganda video that shows recruits from precisely these places burning their passports.

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