The United Nations has warned that unprecedented numbers of foreigners are flocking to Iraq and Syria to join extremist groups such as the ISIL despite US-led strikes on the groups’ positions.
According to a report by the UN Security Council, 15,000 people have flocked to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside the ISIL or other such groups.
The report added that the militants hail from more than 80 countries, which had not contributed to international terrorism before.
In addition, more countries than ever before will face a backlash as battle-hardened terrorists start to come back to their home countries from Syria and Iraq.
The UN report also revealed that many of the foreign militants coming to Iraq and Syria are youngsters as the ISIL makes massive use of social media.
Since late September, the US, along with some of its Arab allies, has been conducting airstrikes against the ISIL inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate. The US had already begun an aerial bombing campaign against the Takfiri terrorists in Iraq in August.
This is while many of the countries joining the US-led bombing coalition, such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have been staunch supporters of the ISIL Takfiri elements in the region.
The ISIL terrorists currently control large swathes of territory across Syria and Iraq. They have been committing heinous crimes in the captured areas, including mass executions and beheading of local residents as well as foreign nationals.