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Out of Sight, Out of Mind? European Responses to the Return of Foreign Fighters


Main Image Credit Courtesy of Y Boechat/VOA


European states are dealing with foreign fighters in diverse judicial and legislative environments, and while they would benefit from collaboration, a lack of political will could prevent this.

When US President Donald Trump announced the immediate withdrawal of US troops from the Syrian–Turkish border on 6 October 2019 and Turkish forces proceeded to advance into northeastern Syria, the international community was quick to condemn the decision. Among the criticisms one concern stood out – what would become of the Islamic State fighters, many of them European, captured and held in detention in the territory? The outcry exposed Western states’ main concern over the

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Juliana Suess

Project Officer and Research Analyst

RUSI International

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