November 1, 2017
Uzbekistan, the country of origin of the man accused of carrying out Tuesday’s deadly vehicle-ramming attack in New York City, has become an increasingly important source of recruits to ISIS and other violent groups operating in Syria and Iraq in recent years.
Former Soviet republics now account for the largest number of foreign fighters who have flowed into Syria and Iraq to fight for ISIS and other violent groups in recent years, according to a report last week by the Washington-based security consultancy Soufan Group.
The report put the number of foreign fighters from the former Soviet republics at 8,717, compared to 7,054 from the Middle East, 5,718 from Western Europe and 5,319 from the Maghreb.
By contrast, a Dec. 2015 Soufan Group report found the former Soviet republics then accounting for only the fourth largest group of foreign fighters, after the Middle East, Maghreb and Western Europe.
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