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Countries With the Most ISIS Fighters

Name the most common countries of origin of terrorists who joined the Islamic State.
According to the Soufan Center, October 2017
Data for three countries comes from an earlier quiz, the source for which is no longer available
Many of these fighters have been killed or have returned home
Last updated: September 14, 2018
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Size
Country
40,000+
Iraq
25,000+
Syria
3,417
Russia
3,244
Saudi Arabia
3,000
Jordan
2,926
Tunisia
Size
Country
1,910
France
1,660
Morocco
1,500
Uzbekistan
1,500
Turkey
1,300
Tajikistan
1,200
China
Size
Country
915
Germany
900
Azerbaijan
890
Lebanon
850
United Kingdom
650
Pakistan
600
Egypt
Size
Country
600
Indonesia
600
Libya
528
Belgium
+4
level ∞
Sep 14, 2018
Note: The top source only listed "foreign" fighters. I used numbers from an earlier version of this quiz for Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon.
+7
level ∞
Sep 14, 2018
The Chinese fighters are people from the Uyghur ethnic group.
+8
level 74
Sep 14, 2018
Turkey is double-listed.
+23
level 80
Sep 14, 2018
That's nobody's business but the Turks.
+3
level 56
Oct 19, 2018
Been a long time gone
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level 42
Oct 20, 2018
CONSTANTINOPLE
+3
level 68
Sep 14, 2018
Almighty Erdoğan
+6
level ∞
Sep 14, 2018
Well crap. Fixed now.
+1
level 77
Sep 14, 2018
Why did I guessed right 100% but I'm only earning 4 points and not 5?
+1
level ∞
Sep 14, 2018
I changed the number of questions. You'll get 5 points, but it sometimes takes a few minutes for scoring indexes to get rebuilt.
+11
level 59
Sep 14, 2018
Yet another reason why Belgium is terrible! :)
+10
level 58
Sep 15, 2018
The U.S. clearly needs to bomb Belgium.
+15
level 68
Sep 16, 2018
No, Trump well never do this. "Belgium is a beautiful city"
+4
level 69
Sep 21, 2018
JUST DON'T HURT THE CHOCOLATE!!
+1
level 68
Sep 28, 2018
Back to the stone age!!!
+2
level 65
Oct 19, 2018
Not Belgium, only Antwerp and Molenbeek because that's where they all hold up
+7
level 63
Sep 18, 2018
Brussels isn't nicknamed "The Heart of Darkness" just for kicks.
+4
level 69
Sep 21, 2018
Anyplace that gave us that horrible sprouty-named (but not particularly sprouty-LIKE) vegetable is clearly Satan incarnate. (EDITED TO ADD: Although they get a lot of love and leeway from me for their chocolate. Mmmm.)
+8
level ∞
Oct 19, 2018
You guys get it. Too bad the rest of the world is still blind to Belgium's crimes. When will they learn that 90% of everything that is wrong with the world is because of Belgium!
+10
level 66
Sep 15, 2018
Such a pity that many of these people listed are originally refugees (so called) that have been welcomed into a foreign country and benefit from the services and opportunities of these host countries and then........ turn around and join those that would bring those countries down. About the best argument against immigration one could imagine.
+13
level 58
Sep 15, 2018
Send Melania back.
+1
level 35
Oct 25, 2018
You send Melania to my house anytime!
+19
level 74
Oct 19, 2018
Not a very good argument.
+2
level 49
Oct 19, 2018
Yeah, it's a pretty good one.
+8
level 54
Oct 19, 2018
It isn't a good argument against immigration. The vast majority of immigrants do not join ISIS. Not letting people leave their country because there is a tiny probability they might subsequently join ISIS (which they might have done anyway) is ridiculous. There are loads of MUCH better arguments against immigration. And they're mostly not even very good.
+28
level 57
Oct 19, 2018
There are 16.3 million immigrants in Germany...915 of them joined ISIS (if you assume every single German ISIS member is an immigrant). That's .0056% of German immigrants. Don't get me wrong. I don't want any country accepting even one ISIS member, but if "the best argument against immigration one could imagine" is that there is a 1-in-20,000 chance they might become a terrorist, then the case against immigration blows.
+2
level 29
Oct 19, 2018
They never have numbers for how many were already affiliated with terrorist organizations, only the ones they catch going back and returning. They use EU countries like a safe house for leave. Lets not forget that ISIS isn't the only organization these dudes are affiliated with.
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level 57
Oct 19, 2018
I'm not disputing that very bad people come to countries that welcome them and then try to do terrible things, and I understand the importance of strict immigration policies. I was more aggrieved at the appalling logic of "there should be no immigration because an infinitesimal number of immigrants end up being terrorists." Pointing to the absolute worst of any sample size is no way to make a fair assessment of cost vs. benefit. It's just a stupid way to think. I'm not weighing in on the immigration/terrorism debate per se on a quiz website. I was taking issue with the terrible reasoning that Malbaby seemed to think was ironclad.
+4
level ∞
Oct 19, 2018
Germany could solve this problem by not allowing men age 18-35 as refugees. The vast majority of violence is committed by young men, who also happen to be the largest group of Germany's refugee population.
+1
level 29
Oct 19, 2018
Military-aged males. Hardly any women, elderly, or children come through unless it's for optics.
+4
level 58
Oct 20, 2018
18-35 year old men are the largest group because a) they're the most likely to survive the trip and b) because they're considered most likely to be able to secure employment and housing to then bring their families over later. These people aren't arriving by Interrail, it's not an easy journey.
+4
level 59
Oct 19, 2018
This is a good argument against blindly accepting refugees without vetting them, but it certainly is not a good argument against immigration.
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level 58
Oct 20, 2018
No-one blindly accepts refugees without vetting them.
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level 34
Oct 19, 2018
Trying to imagine a chinese dude in a scarf holding an AK in the desert shouting allahu akbar
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level 58
Oct 20, 2018
Buddhahar akhbar would be more likely, but there are a lot of Muslims in China by sheer numbers anyway. And it would probably be "神是最伟大的!"
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level 52
Oct 19, 2018
There are a LOT of migrants in Belgium from North African muslim countries such as Morocco which accounts for most coming from Belgium.
+1
level 51
Oct 19, 2018
Can someone explain to me why Russia is so high on this list?
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level 72
Oct 19, 2018
I think it might have something to do with some Chechen jihadists who are battle hardened since the troubles with the rest of the Federation. I remember a particularly horrific hostage situation about a school in Grozny.
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level 58
Oct 20, 2018
A number of Russian states have significant Muslim populations, because Russia's imperial expansion was largely directed at Central Asia - some of these places later became independent, like Kazakhstan or Kyrgyzstan, but there's plenty of others which remain in the Russian Federation - Chechnya, Dagestan, Tatarstan etc.
+1
level 74
Oct 29, 2018
What those two said, but also look at a map and see how close Russia is to Iraq and Syria. See that part that is almost touching them? That's where Chechnya is.
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