Revealed: The countries the ISIL militants come from | International | News | Qatar Day



As a Saudi court sentenced one person to death and 21 others to various jail sentences after they were convicted of a range of militant crimes, including setting up training camps and identifying oil locations to hit, a recent report looked at where in the world those flying to Syria to help fight alongside ISIL have come from.

In February, King Abdullah decreed long prison terms for those who travel abroad to fight or who give material or moral support to groups deemed "extremist", including Al Qaeda, Syria's Nusra Front and IS.

This is not surprising when the data showed that the majority of militants joining the fight came from within the kingdom.

The conservative Islamic kingdom, a regional ally of the United States, has detained thousands of its own citizens and sentenced hundreds to jail after a campaign of bombings and attacks in the last decade by militants.

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, the highest religious authority in the kingdom, has described Al Qaeda and IS and the ideology they represent as the biggest enemy of Islam.


A report in the Washington Post revealed the figures below and were compiled by the International Center for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ISCR):

Afghanistan: 23

Albania: 148

Algeria: 250

Australia: 250

Austria: 60

Bahrain: 12

Belgium: 296

Bosnia: 60

Canada: 70

China: 100

Denmark: 84

Egypt: 358

Finland: 20

France: 412

Germany 240

Indonesia: 60

Iraq: 247

Ireland: 26

Israel: 20

Italy: 50

Jordan: 2,089

Kuwait: 71

Kyrgyzstan: 30

Lebanon: 890

Libya: 556

Morocco: 1,500

Norway: 40

Pakistan: 330

Qatar: 15

Russia: 800

Saudi Arabia: 2,500

Somalia: 68

Spain: 95

Sudan: 96

Sweden: 80

The Netherlands: 152

Tunisia: 3,000

Turkey: 400

UAE: 14


United Kingdom: 488

United States: 130

Yemen: 110

Small numbers also came from: Bangladesh, Chile, Ivory Coast, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, New Zealand, Philippines, Senegal, Singapore and Trinidad and Tobago.

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