He said there was an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 foreign fighters with various groups battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s troops.
Karen Koning AbuZayd, a member of the commission, said most of the Syrians joining Islamic State were defecting from other armed opposition groups fighting in the country’s civil war, now in its fourth year.
“They see it’s better, these guys are strong, these guys are winning battles, they were taking territory, they have money, they can train us,” Mr AbuZayd told reporters." Irish Times
Syrian IS and Iraq IS are quite different. Iraq IS remains the same coalition of ISIS/Tribal allies/ex-army that it has been since the beginning of the "Breaking the Borders" campaign. Syrian IS is morphing into a much more Syria oriented force.
It will be interesting to see if the IS "high command' will be able to bring these Syria focussed fighters into Iraq or Saudi Arabia to continue their declared war against the existing regional governments. pl
"Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria fighters have seized a Syrian army base in the northern province of Raqa, killing scores of troops and beheading some of them, an activist group said Saturday.