February 28, 2014

Where Will Syria's Foreign Fighters Go Next?

Mike Giglio, BuzzFeed

The Associated Press

Many foreign fighters saw the war in Syria through a hardline sectarian lens — in their view, they were coming to aid fellow Sunni Muslims in the struggle against a Shiite-aligned regime. “The infighting has likely changed the calculus of some of these guys: ‘I went here to fight the regime for the glorious jihad, and ended up fighting other Sunni Muslims,’” said Aaron Zelin, a specialist on global jihadi movements at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “That’s one reason I don’t think the numbers of Sunni foreign fighters will continue to spike in Syria. I think the numbers have already likely peaked, and it’s possible they’re going to decline.”

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