File - In this June 16, 2014 photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group, slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad. (AP Photo)
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The flow of European fighters from Europe to territory held by the ultra hard-line ISIS is drying up due to tighter restrictions imposed by European states that have prevented would-be jihadis from traveling, fighters from the group said.Fighters in Syria and Iraq contacted by Reuters said the impact was limited on the battlefield since European fighters make up only a fraction of ISIS forces.The group takes pride in having attracted fighters from across the globe, including thousands from Europe. Western countries fear that some European fighters could return home and carry out attacks in their native countries.ISIS is now stretched, waging battles on several fronts in both Iraq and Syria while trying to administer areas under its control.Several members said the group fields 60,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria, mostly local Sunni Muslims.About 550 German citizens have joined fighting in Syria and about 180 are believed to have returned, German officials have said.
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