REVEALED: One in ten British jihadists fighting with ISIS are now DEAD
The rising death toll means that nearly one in 10 of the estimated 700 British jihadists who have fled to war-torn Syria to join ISIS’ brutal campaign have been killed or brought about their own death in suicide attacks.
ISIS has suffered increasing losses since US-led airstrikes against the extramists were launched in the Middle East last year, with Kurdish and Shi’ite Muslim militias also taking the fight to the terror group on the ground.
The identities of many of the deceased British foreign fighters have emerged in social media reports with connections to the terror group.
But the number of Britons to have died fighting in the Middle East could even be higher, if those who have joined jihadists and Syrian rebel groups other than ISIS are counted.
It has also emerged that 43 women and girls are believed to have travelled from Britain to Syria in the past year to join jihadists.
Scotland Yard revealed that almost one female per week had been reported missing by their families to police forces across the country in the past 12 months.
Charlie Winter, a senior researcher at the Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism think tank, said: “The battlefield in Iraq and Syria has really heated up in the last year in terms of what resistance Islamic State is facing as an organisation.
“It’s a combination of coalition airstrikes and offensives on the ground, but not necessarily just when Islamic State’s enemies are making incursions against it. It is also when Islamic State goes on an offensive.
“Just from a monitoring basis I’ve noticed a lot more reports coming through among jihadists that British fighters have died, be that in battle or suicide operations.
“It’s also worth noting that it’s not just Islamic State that these numbers are derived from, and there has been very fierce fighting in northern Syria in particular in which there is a good chance that a few Britons died as well.”
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