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Tracing the Fate of Central Asian Fighters in Syria: Remainers, Repatriates, Returnees, and Relocators
Mr Nodirbek Soliev Senior Analyst
Mr Nodirbek Soliev
This article, while being intended to be published as a peer-reviewed journal article, provides a preliminary quantitative study of the current status of Central Asian fighters in Syria and Iraq, with a specific focus on the question of where and how they might be leaving the battlefield after concluding their active fighting roles. Drawing on the available data collected exclusively from local online sources as well as regional events covering the subject, the article develops common profiles of the known contingent and identifies overall patterns in their movements. In order to help with analysis, the entire contingent is grouped into four distinct categories, or the 4 “Rs”: “remainers”, “repatriates”, “returnees”, and “relocators”. This typological frame enables a closer study of the characteristics and impact of each category, which could be employed to look at other FTF cohorts.
|Region:||Central Asia / Middle East and North Africa (MENA)|