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Wednesday 1 March 2017

The onus is now on Muslims to condemn jihadism

David Quinn

David Quinn

Voices condemning Islamist extremists from within the Muslim community need to be much louder and more insistent than they are at present
Voices condemning Islamist extremists from within the Muslim community need to be much louder and more insistent than they are at present

Last autumn, CNN released the results of a study it conducted into which countries foreign jihadists fighting in Syria were most likely to come from. Top of the list was Tunisia. According to the study, approximately 3,000 Tunisians had left their country to fight in Syria. That's revealing in light of the atrocity in Tunisia last week.

The top European country sending jihadists to Syria was Russia with 800, followed closely by France with 700.

The study also lists the countries with the biggest number of foreign jihadists in Syria as a percentage of the local Muslim population. Here's the worrying thing. Ireland is second on the list, very narrowly beaten by Finland.

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