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What do we do with returning foreign fighters?

By Phil Gurski      

Fighters with battlefield experience and deep exposure to hateful ideologies may pose a serious threat to our security that we ignore at our peril.

Royal Canadian Air Force members of Air Task Force-Iraq and several members of the coalition participate in the Shamal Serials, a combat search and rescue exercise held for personnel of the Middle East Stabilization Force, currently conducting operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in a training area in Kuwait on March 16. Photograph courtesy of DND

OTTAWA—There is little doubt that the Islamic State is under tremendous pressure in Iraq and Syria. Kinetic action carried out by airstrikes and ground forces have whittled away at the group and the same time the group’s sources of financing are being targeted. The size of its so-called “caliphate” is smaller than it was and there are reports that the number of fighters is decreasing. There is also some suggestion that the flow of Western wannabe jihadis is

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