Tuesday, 28 March 2017 00:00

Islamic State and al-Qaeda’s Foreign Fighters

Written by  Maja Touzari Greenwood

This article reviews important differences in how Islamic State, Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham perceive the role of the foreign fighter and outlines local dilemmas integrating foreign fighters entails for the three movements. It shows how, in addition to boosting fighting capacity, a high number of foreigners might also represent a crucial weakness.