Research shows that Russia is now the world leader in supplying foreign fighters to ISIS
New research by the Soufan Center, an American analytics company, says Russia now contributes the highest number of foreign fighters to ISIS.
According to the group’s study, there were 3,417 Russian citizens fighting with the terrorist organization in Syria and Iraq, as of October 2017. Foreign fighters from Saudi Arabia, second on the list, numbered 3,244. Jordan took third place with 3,000 ISIS combatants.
Soufan Center researchers also found that 400 Russian citizens who fought with ISIS have returned to Russia (760 have returned home to Saudi Arabia and 250 have gone back to Jordan).