‘Turkey, a Conduit for Fighters Joining ISIS, Begins to Feel Its Wrath’ by New York Times

From the start of the Islamic State’s rise through the chaos of the Syrian war, Turkey has played a central, if complicated, role in the group’s story. For years, it served as a rear base, transit hub and shopping bazaar for the Islamic State, and at first, that may have protected Turkey from the violence the group has inflicted elsewhere.

Turkey’s Role for ISIS

‘Islamic State: Foreign Fighter Trends’ by Inter Press Service

The Combating Terrorism Centre at West Point (United States Military Academy) recently made available a report, which provides data of some 4,600 foreign fighters recruited between early 2013 and 2014. What has become clear from the data presented is that the IS recruits from over 70 countries and that means the global workforce IS commands brings with them different skills and capabilities. The educational backgrounds of foreign fighters vary widely and the group has benefitted enormously as most of the fighters have received higher education.

Foreign Fighter Trends

‘New Alliance Could Spell Diaster For ISIS’ by Daily Caller

Al-Qaida’s Syrian affiliate, Jabat al-Nusra, just absorbed Syrian militant group Army of Muhammed, increasing its power in northern Syria as the Islamic State continues to lose territory. The Army of Muhammed is largely comprised of Libyan and French foreign fighters, and it is the latest in a series of foreign fighters who are swearing allegiance to Jabat al-Nusra.

Jabat Al-Nusra Absorbs New Group