Foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq – an updated per capita count

Based on recently updated figures of foreign fighters in the current Syrian-Iraqi conflict, this is the per capita ranking for 84 countries of origin. Given is the number of fighters per one million inhabitants, calculated at the high end estimates of people who at least have tried to reach the battle zone. For the complete set of figures and some important notes, please visit thecountofemmejihad.wordpress.com.

1. Tunisia 543.61

2. Maldives 508.58

3. Jordan 257.34

4. Kosovo 160.34

5. Lebanon 145.52

6. Saudi Arabia 108.10

7. Libya 93.58

8. Bosnia and Herzegovina 87.92

9. Turkmenistan 68.81

10. Belgium 52.01

11. Albania 48.86

12. Montenegro 46.36

13. Morocco 45.01

14. Trinidad and Tobago 40.90

15. Georgia 40.56

16. Macedonia 33.40

17. United Kingdom 31.21

18. Azerbaijan 30.67

19. Sweden 30.61

20. Austria 30.00

21. Turkey 29.05

22. France 28.20

23. Denmark 26.87

24. Kuwait 25.46

25. Palestine 24.49

26. Tajikistan 24.41

27. Germany 22.26

28. Netherlands 20.65

29. Kazakhstan 19.28

30. Finland 18.26

31. Kyrgyzstan 17.65

32. Uzbekistan 17.12

33. Norway 13.44

34. Russia 11.94

35. Australia 10.99

36. Luxembourg 10.52

37. Serbia 9.75

38. Bahrain 8.91

39. Switzerland 7.26

40. Qatar 6.83

41. Somalia 6.59

42. Algeria 6.32

43. Ireland 6.13

44. Yemen 4.11

45. Egypt 4.07

46. Malaysia 3.28

47. Indonesia 3.13

48. Spain 2.89

49. Canada 2.85

50. Sudan 2.77

51. United Arab Emirates 2.60

52. Pakistan 2.51

53. Israel 2.48

54. China 2.19

55. Philippines 1.98

56. Estonia 1.58

57. Afghanistan 1.54

58. Italy 1.41

59. Bulgaria 1.39

60. New Zealand 1.35

61. Mexico 1.23

62. Ukraine 1.13

63. Portugal 1.11

64. Slovakia 1.10

65. Poland 1.04

66. Latvia 1.01

67. United States 0.93

68. Mauritania 0.56

69. Argentina 0.53

70. Jamaica 0.34

71. Oman 0.30

72. Moldova 0.28

73. Croatia 0.22

74. Brazil 0.18

Singapore 0.18

76. South Korea 0.14

77. Romania 0.09

78. Iran 0.06

Japan 0.06

South Africa 0.06

81. Madagascar 0.04

82. Bangladesh 0.01

India 0.01

Nigeria 0.01


Belgian ISIS fighter celebrating in Mosul, Iraq

Houdaifa Ammi from Vilvoorde appears to be the first Belgian ISIS fighter proving he has crossed the border from Syria into Iraq. Yesterday, he published a video and a few pictures taken in Mosul.

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The video that appeared on Ammi’s Facebook page, is filmed from within a car convoy that crosses the city, honking as a way to celebrate the freshly declared caliphate. People in the car can be heard while shouting slogans such as “Allahu Akbar” and “Dawla Islamiyya” — Arabic for ‘Islamic State’. Their chants are welcomed by some passersby.

The Belgian muslim extremist, who has his roots in the Moroccan town of Sidi Slimane and is using the alias ‘Houdaifa Ibn Abdelhakim’, also posted pictures of the International Airport in Mosul. Earlier, he could be seen while posing with firearms in the Syrian war and on his Facebook page he also states that he has been with Al-Shabaab in Somalia.