"As ISIS loses its geographic presence, fighters continue to return to their home countries. Russia had the highest number of fighters go to Syria and Iraq with an estimated 3,417 — and 400 have returned. Saudi Arabia was next with roughly 3,244 fighters, of which 760 have returned. Jordan was third with approximately 3,000, of which 250 have returned. Tunisia followed with 2,926, of which 800 have returned. France was fifth with 1,910, of which 271 have returned," says Mr. McCaul, citing a report form the Soufan Center, a New York City-based nonprofit research group focusing on complex security issues.
"I commend the State Department on their continued vigilance in identifying the spread of ISIS-affiliated groups and key leaders around the world," said Mr. McCaul, Texas Republican. "The two terror attacks in New York City late last year are stark reminders of their reach. These new designations will help degrade ISIS' global network by denying them the resources they rely on to spread terror."