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Where should we prosecute #foreignfighters? Some countries, like #Belgium, propose to have them prosecuted locally, or by an "international tribunal". This may not be the best option. Here is why. THREAD (based on an article I wrote in French, link below)
1)Foreign fighters have indeed committed crimes in the region, and could legitimately be prosecuted locally.HOWEVER, that applies only for Iraq (and crimes committed in Iraq). Many fighters are currently detained in #Syria. Not clear whether there is evidence against them in Iraq
2)Moreover, Iraqi trials have been deemed expedite and not up to international standards. Same for detention regimes. This is a moral and legal issue for #European governments. Bad detention conditions further increase risk of new "Guantanamos" or "Abu Ghraib"
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DEVELOPING: #ISIS force strength now may be close to its peak in 2015.
As of June 2018, estimated 28,600 to 31,600 #Daesh fighters in #Iraq #Syria per IG report

US intelligence estimates had 33,000 #ISIS fighters at group's peak in 2015

h/t @nickglavin
The same report says there are about 200 #ISIS fighters in #Philippines

media.defense.gov/2018/Aug/07/20…
#ISIS caliphate gone but it's foot soldiers remain-as many as 32,000 #Daesh in #Iraq #Syria per latest @DeptofDefense intel

At its peak US intel officials said ISIS boasted about 33,000 fighters
voanews.com/a/far-from-dea…
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1/ #German magazine .@DerSPIEGEL reports rising number of #xrw foreign fighters (2,500 now) joining Asow militia in #Ukraine to fight agst #Russia in current print issue.
2/ It is also reported Asow militia actively recruited openly during largest German #xrw concert in #Themar in July 2017. This shows how much underestimated the threat of #xrw foreign fighters compared to #jihadists is. Imagine outcry if #ISIS would openly recruit at a concert.
3/ And the issue is not new. German and other European #neonazis have for example fought in HOS militia in #Bosnian civil war. See this remarkable article featuring interviews with some of them. bit.ly/2yQrL8k
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