Al Abadi: 40 foreign suicide bombers enter Iraq each month

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi calls on neighbours to take action against flow of foreign fighters

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al Abadi has said approximately 40 foreign suicide bombers enter Iraq each month, during his call for countries in the region to hinder the influx of foreign fighters.

“An average of 40 suicide bombers enter Iraq per month,” he said, adding that the number of “foreign fighters in Iraq now exceeds the number of Iraqis.”

Abadi called on his neighbours by asserting that it is up to “others” to stop these “terrorists from coming” to his country.

“Foreign fighters” is the term used for militants from Europe and the United States who have gone to fight in the ranks of ISIS in Syria and Iraq. These Western fighters hit the spotlight after the beheading of two US journalists by a suspected British ISIS militant.

More than 20,000 foreign fighters have joined the ranks of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, nearly a fifth of them are residents or nationals of Western European countries, according to a report by the International Center for the Study of Radicalization (ICSR), which was released in late 2014.

Majority of foreign fighters come from the United Kingdom, France and Germany, said the report.

Syria and Iraq are the key locations of ISIS who began to take territory in early 2013. Hundreds of Britons are especially believed to have joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

The youngest suicide bomber who recently carried out an attack in Iraq was British teen Talha Asmal (17). His family said they are devastated.

Turkey, despite being accused of taking inadequate action concerning foreign fighters entering Syria through its borders, has banned almost 20,000 people from entering the country, intending to cross into Syria and Iraq to join ISIS as "foreign fighters," according to the Turkish authorities.

TRTWorld and agencies