FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, file photo a Kurdish fighter, known as a peshmerga, yawns as he stands guard on the frontline in Sinjar, Iraq. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen, File)
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The number of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria has more than doubled since last year to at least 27,000, a report by an intelligence consultancy said Tuesday, highlighting the global dimension of the conflict.The figures, compiled by The Soufan Group, indicate that efforts by countries around the world to stem the flow of foreign fighters to Iraq and Syria and blunt the appeal of violent organisations such as ISIS appear to have made little impact. In all, between 27,000 and 31,000 foreign fighters from 86 countries have traveled to Iraq and Syria, The Soufan Group said, compared to a figure of around 12,000 foreign fighters in Syria when it last published a similar study in June 2014 .
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