The conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Libya and other countries have attracted tens of thousands of foreign fighters, who traveled to those areas of conflict to join the ranks of the so-called Islamic State (IS) and other armed groups. While this is not a new phenomenon, the size of the mobilization that occurred with the so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was without precedent, with people from at least 80 countries traveling to join the jihadist group. Out of 40,000, it is estimated that about 5,000 came from Europe and almost 19,000 from the MENA region. One of the main issues that counter-terrorism officials have been grappling with is what to do with the fighters who have survived and their families, as thousands have either made their way home, been detained abroad, or settled in third-countries.
Abdullah bin Khaled Al Saud, Director of Research, and Head of the Security Studies Research Unit, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS), Saudi Arabia
Francesco Marone, Research Fellow, Center on Radicalization and International Terrorism, ISPI
Armando Barucco, Head of Policy Planning Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
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