Broadened Perspective On Foreign (Terrorist) Fighters in Syrian Civil War

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Tınas M.

Liberal Düşünce, vol.25, no.97, pp.131-146, 2020 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 97
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.36484/liberal.682637
  • Journal Name: Liberal Düşünce
  • Journal Indexes: TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.131-146
  • Police Academy Affiliated: Yes


The issue of foreign (terrorist) fighters is hardly a new phenomenon becausethe inclusion of foreigners into civil conflicts has been one of the substantial features of armed conflicts in the history. However, the current wave presents new challenges because it is larger, more global, and more diverse. Thispaper aims to elaborate the issue by firstly discussing the history of the phenomena and conceptual debates. Then, the paper elaborates profiles of foreign (terrorist) fighters in Syria with a broader perspective than mainstreamliterature. In its analysis, this paper relies on the secondary and some primary sources. By doing so, this paper argues that although most of studies focuson religious foreign (terrorist) fighters, there are different kinds of foreign (terrorist) fighters in Syria in different manifestations of the phenomena accordingto their radicalization sources like ethnic, separatist, ideological and religious.