August 21, 2016

BETTER HURRY:

Westerners seen flocking to battle Islamic State while they still can (THOMAS WATKINS August 21, 2016, AFP)

Growing numbers of Westerners appear to be trying to join the battle against the Islamic State group in Iraq before it's too late, frontline volunteer fighters say.

IS group jihadists have suffered a string of setbacks in Iraq and Syria in recent months, including the loss of key towns and facilities surrounding the remaining major strongholds in their self-declared "caliphate" -- Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria.

Although limited or unreliable public data make it difficult to track numbers, anecdotal evidence suggests aspiring anti-jihadists -- many of them military veterans -- recognize they may be running out of time to fight IS in a pitched battle as the group loses territory and morphs into a traditional terror group.

Posted by at August 21, 2016 7:52 AM

  

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