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Foreign FightersTransnational Identity in Civic Conflicts$
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David Malet

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199939459

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199939459.001.0001

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Conclusion Responses to Transnational Insurgency

Conclusion Responses to Transnational Insurgency

(p.195) Conclusion Responses to Transnational Insurgency
Foreign Fighters

David Malet

Oxford University Press

International attention has focused on foreign fighters in recent years, particularly because of their aggressive attacks in the occupation phase of the Iraq War. With insights gained from historical cases of transnational insurgency, it is possible to develop strategies for engaging foreign fighter recruitment and to anticipate future efforts. There is nothing unique to Islamists about transnational insurgency, but it is currently the identity with active social structures and an established narrative to match a large pool of potential volunteers to numerous conflicts. Foreign fighters almost invariably end up fighting the local communities they are ostensibly there to protect, so divisions may be sown. But the best counterinsurgency response is to prevent recruitment by building civic nationalism as a counterweight to the pull of transnational affiliations.

Keywords:   Iraq, jihad, Islamist

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