At a time when India has seen a case or two of its nationals going to fight alongside ISIS, there are reports that nearly 300 Chinese nationals have travelled to the Middle East and joined the ranks of ISIL Takfiri militants operating inside Iraq and neighbouring Syria. The report has been published by a Chinese English-daily, the Global Times. Reportedly, these Chinese have reached Syria via Turkey to join ISIS.
The report points out that as per information available from various sources, including security officers from Iraq’s Kurdish region, Syria and Lebanon, around 300 Chinese extremists are fighting alongside ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
This incident is not confined to China alone. Sometime back, Japan’s police had arrested a group of Japanese men over suspicion of planning to go to Syria in order to join ISIS terrorists. As per a US intelligence report, more than 12,000 terrorists from about 81 countries are fighting for ISIS with an aim to oust the government of Bashar al-Assad out of which nearly 3,000 are Europeans. US media reports have also talked of about 100 US citizens who are in Syria fighting against Bashar al-Assad’s forces.
The ISIL militants currently control swathes of territory across Syria and Iraq. They have carried out heinous atrocities in both countries, including mass executions and beheadings of people. While they claim to be fighting for the cause of religion, most Islamic religious leaders have denounced ISIS and its activities.