Iraq, Syria Has 30,000 Extremists Ready to Return Home

July 6, 2016 6:43 AM

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Almost 30,000 foreign extremists are currently in Syria and Iraq and, as radical Islamist groups continue to lose ground to the governments of both countries, the threat of them returning to their home countries to carry out attacks increases, a top U.N. official warned on Tuesday.

"The number of foreign terrorist fighters is very high" in Syria and Iraq, where the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) has established a self-proclaimed caliphate, said the head of the U.N's Counter-Terrorism Committee Jean-Paul Laborde.

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