The war today differs from jihadists conflicts and even the more limited recent civil conflict in Ukraine, but these and other experiences offer some lessons to consider about any future role for foreign fighters.
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Foreign fighters remain a powerful jihadist force worth understanding.
In several countries, repatriated Islamic State members have not been held accountable. Their treatment has sparked controversy and raises security concerns.
There’s a ton of online fundraisers for women affiliated with the Islamic State. Many of these fundraisers take place relatively openly on social media.
The Justice Department charged two men—Alexanda Amon Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh—with eight counts in connection to a series of hostage takings and executions in Syria. The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia charged the former British nationals with conspiracy to commit hostage taking resulting in death, hostage taking resulting in death, conspiracy to murder United States citizens outside of the United States, along with two material support charges.
The pandemic has slowed global travel significantly. But a few determined individuals show that the terrorism threat posed by American foreign fighters remains strong.
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I interviewed foreign Islamic State women to hear their opinions on a host of issues.
A new report recommends that European courts should charge alleged Islamic State fighters with “core international crimes,” such as crimes against humanity or war crimes.
Worries about foreign Islamic fighters tend to center on European citizens. But fighters from Southeast Asia also pose a significant problem.