Rabat - It is estimated that around 1,200 Moroccans have joined extremist groups in the Middle East, according to figures reported by British newspaper the Telegraph.
Rabat – It is estimated that around 1,200 Moroccans have joined extremist groups in the Middle East, according to figures reported by British newspaper the Telegraph.
Morocco is ranked in the top ten countries by foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria. The countries with the most fighters in the conflict are Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Russia, and France.
According to the figures gathered by the UN, the Soufan group and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization, around 5,000 Tunisians are reported to be fighting in the ranks of terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria, mainly the so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
The Soufan group, which provides strategic security intelligence services to governments and multinational organizations, said the figures may also include women and children.
The report has revealed that an estimated 20,000 foreign fighters have travelled to Iraq and Syria since violence broke out in 2011. 11,000 of them are from the Asian continent.
5,000 people from Europe are reported to have joined the conflict zone. Most fighters are coming from France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
The top ten countries by foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria are as follow: Tunisia (5000), Saudi Arabia (2275), Jordan (2000), Russia (1700), France (1550), Turkey (1400), Morocco (1200), Lebanon (900), Germany (700) and the United Kingdom (700).
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