Foreign fighters for statelets: From Kurdistan to the ‘Caliphate’


Originally posted by the New Arab

Much is made of the foreign fighters who flock to join the “caliphate” Islamic State (IS) claims to have established in Iraq and Syria.

Although many foreign fighters are from Middle Eastern and North African countries, the international focus is on those from prosperous western nations.

Kyle Orton, a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, said to me that, “in a purely strategic sense – the tactics of course varying massively – the YPG/PKK has the same project as IS: a transnational statelet covering their demographic group.”

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