Small Wars Journal

Returning Foreign Fighters

Transparency Needed: The Prosecution, Detention, and Deradicalization of Foreign Fighters

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 2:55am
The military defeat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria gave rise to a flurry of speculation regarding the possible threats posed by fighters returning to their countries of origin. Journalists and academics have since uncovered considerable information on the backgrounds of these ISIS fighters and speculated on the ways they could wreak havoc within their home countries. Yet one question remains largely unanswered: What exactly are Arab states doing with fighters who return home?

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