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Then and Now: Comparing the Flow of Foreign Fighters to AQI and the Islamic State | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

Then and Now: Comparing the Flow of Foreign Fighters to AQI and the Islamic State | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

Using two different sets of data derived from internal, bureaucratic documents produced by the Islamic State (and its predecessor group) during two distinct periods of time (2006-2007 and 2011-2014), this report evaluates how the make-up, scale, and scope of the Iraq- and Syria-bound foreign fighter problem has changed over the last decade. It does so across three dimensions. First, it outlines the similarities and differences that exist in the backgrounds of the foreign fighters who joined the Islamic State during separate blocks of time.

Source: Then and Now: Comparing the Flow of Foreign Fighters to AQI and the Islamic State | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point