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2,000 Russian are fighting for ISIS in Syria and Iraq

Director of anti-terrorism center in the Commonwealth of Independent States (international organization) announced on Wednesday, that about 2,000 Russian citizens are fighting in the ranks of the ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Andrei Novikov said in an interview for the Russian Interfax news agency: “According to intelligence agencies, there are about 2,000 Russian citizens are fighting in the ranks of ISIS, and according to expert estimates, the number is about five thousand fighters.”

The Russian Federal Security Service Director Alexander Portnefok estimated, in the beginning of this month, the number of Russian citizens who are fighting in Iraq by about 1,700 people.

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