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In Islamic State Stronghold of Raqqa, Foreign Fighters Dominate – Yaroslav Trofimov (WSJ via Daily Alert)

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In Islamic State Stronghold of Raqqa, Foreign Fighters Dominate – Yaroslav Trofimov
(dailyalert.org, Feb. 6, 2015)

In Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria, few Syrians hold positions of power. Running the show, residents say, are the thousands of foreigners who have converged to establish an Islamic utopia they believe will soon conquer the planet. “What we have is a foreign occupation,” said Sarmad al-Jilane, a resident of Raqqa now in Turkey. “Those who are paid by them, like them, of course. But most others hate them because of all these killings and beheadings.” Around 20,000 foreign fighters have joined Islamic State in Syria and Iraq over the past two years, Western intelligence officials estimate. (Wall Street Journal)

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