French Jihadist Dies in Iraq Suicide Attack

May 23, 2014  

At least one French jihadist died recently in a suicide attack on a police post in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, informed sources said Friday, according to AFP.

The man, from the French Antilles and known by the pseudonym Abou al-Qaqa al-Faransi, died while fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

A French intelligence source confirmed the death, saying the fact that the young man had crossed over to Iraq from Syria “was something new and not a general trend.”

Sources said a second French national could have died in Iraq in similar circumstances and were trying to verify the information.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve recently said that 285 French citizens were fighting in Syria presently.

Foreigners fighting in Syria has been a problem not only for France, but for other countries as well.

In fact, according to statistics from February, over 75,000 foreign nationals have been fighting in the Syrian civil war. While the majority are from Muslim countries, there are also including Russians, Germans and French citizens taking part in the fighting.

British citizens have also been taking part in the fighting, and Britain’s Information Minister has said that the “security concern” for the UK posed by individuals who have trained and fought in Syria is “a big problem” for MI5 and the police.

Several Canadians are known to have left to fight in Syria as well.

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