The Strategist

ISIL militants from the West want to return to their homeland

06/07/2016 - 16:21

Militants and supporters of the terrorist group "Islamic State", recruited from among citizens of Western countries, are losing faith. Now, they are increasingly asking to help them return home from areas of Iraq and Syria controlled by ISIL. This was reported by Wall Street Journal.

The publication refers to information received from diplomatic embassies of the six countries in Turkey. We are talking about those foreigners who, having fallen for ISIL’s propaganda, participated in the fighting, or just have vowed to remain faithful to the grouping. Now, they found themselves in a desperate situation. The informed sources link this kind of enlightenment to release of Iraq city of Fallujah by the armed forces, and resumption of the military advance on another stronghold of the terrorists in the Syrian city of Raqqa, says the publication.

"Their forces (ISIL) are beginning to leave the city. Lots of French are going back (to home) They have the impression that everything was not the way they had hoped." - The newspaper quoted French secret service coordinator Didier Le Bret.

According to the Wall Street Journal, about 150 nationals of France and five other Western countries have turned to the diplomats of their respective countries for help in return. Exact number of citizens of these countries, who have been recruited into the ranks of ISIL, is not known.

The special services of these countries will now have to carry out a thorough check of the defectors. It is necessary to eliminate a threat that they did not repent but were sent specifically for terror attacks similar to the tragedies in Paris and Brussels.

As channel "Al Mayadeen" reported on June 5, Syrian government troops entered the province of Raqqa, which administrative center - the city of Raqqa – is considered a stronghold of ISIL. According to the channel, "government forces supported by militias have entered the territory of the province of Raqqa for the first time over the past almost two years." The troops crossed the administrative border of the province, capturing strategic town Zakia, which is an important transportation hub in the region. 

"Islamic state" (ISIL) is an Islamist terrorist organization operating in the territory of Iraq and Syria. Created on October 15, 2006 by merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The group’s core is formed by fighters who fought with US forces during their stay in Iraq, and the government forces of Bashar Assad in Syria.

ISIL is recognized as a terrorist organization in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, Russia.