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Syria Spills Over
From West to East: the Movement of Syrian Recruits

UK citizens are attempting to join the Syrian civil war, and British authorities have been busy tracking down individuals the government suspects of getting involved.

Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Sawar pleaded guilty in Woolwich Crown Court to preparing to participate in terrorist acts after having spent eight months in Syria. Nawal Msaad was allegedly recruited by Amal El-Wahabi to smuggle funds to fighters in Syria. Both stand trial at the Old Bailey. Twin sixteen-year-old sisters have gone missing from their home in Manchester and are believed to have traveled to Syria to marry jihadis. In the first three months of this year, the UK government has arrested forty individuals for “Syria related offenses.”

One hundred American citizens are believed to have gone to Syria as well. Social media has widened the reach of terrorist networks throughout the world, making it difficult for countries to safely ignore conflicts far from their borders. Those who succeed in joining radical groups in the Middle East could eventually return home to participate in attacks against Western governments. We’ve already seen the Syrian conflict spill across borders in the Middle East, but we can’t assume it will remain confined to the region.

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  • Pete

    Here is a politically incorrect observation:

    This post says: “One hundred American citizens are believed to have gone to Syria as well”

    Well, they may be technically be American citizens but they never were nor ever will be Americans.

    With any luck, they’ll all get killed in Syria.

    • Breif2

      “With any luck, they’ll all get killed in Syria.”

      You are too easily satisfied. True poetic justice would demand that they kill each other.

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