Shi'ite paramilitary fighters and members of Iraqi security forces hold an Islamist State flag which they pulled down in Tikrit April 1, 2015. (REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani)
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The number of fighters leaving home to join al-Qaida and ISIS in Iraq, Syria and other countries has spiked to more than 25,000 from over 100 nations, according to a new U.N. report.The panel of experts monitoring U.N. sanctions against al-Qaida said in the report obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press that its analysis indicates the number of foreign terrorist fighters worldwide increased by 71 percent between mid-2014 and March 2015 . The report said just two countries have accounted for over 20,000 foreign fighters: Syria and Iraq.In addition to Syria and Iraq, the report said Afghan security forces estimated in March that about 6,500 foreign fighters were active in the country.
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