– THE NUMBER OF AUSTRALIANS JOINING ISIS DOUBLED
The number of Australia nationals fighting for the Islamic State has doubled over the past 12 months, the country’s foreign minister Julie Bishop reportedly said on Sunday 09/27/2015. Although the exact number of foreign nationals fighting for ISIS is not available, some estimates suggest nearly 30,000 people from more than 100 countries have poured into Iraq and Syria to join ISIS.
“We estimate that there are around 120 Australians currently in Iraq and Syria supporting Daesh [ISIS] and other terrorist groups,” Bishop reportedly said. “Our
Bishop’s comments come just days after Tina S. Kaidanow, the U.S. State Department’s top counterterrorism official, said that the “trend was still upward” insofar as foreign nationals traveling to fight in Iraq and Syria are concerned. According to the New York Times, ISIS is adding an average of about 1,000 foreign fighters every month !!.
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