Commonwealth: Terrorism

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered at on 16 December 2015.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the number of extremists from Commonwealth countries fighting in Syria and Iraq.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

The UK does not hold numbers of extremists from Commonwealth countries fighting in Syria and Iraq. The latest UN report on foreign fighters (April 2015) estimates there are over 1,350 foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq from Commonwealth nations. Over 800 Britons of national security concern have travelled to the region since the start of the conflict, around half of whom have returned.

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