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At least 30 Malaysians join militant group to fight in Iraq, Syria

Published on Jun 16, 2014 3:54 PM
 
Masked Sunni gunmen pose for a photo during a patrol outside the city of Falluja on April 28, 2014. The New Straits Times newspaper reported on June 16, 2014 that at least 30 Malaysians have joined a militant group to fight in Iraq and Syria, and to help set up an Islamic state there. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR - At least 30 Malaysians are said to have joined a militant group to fight in Iraq and Syria, and to help set up an Islamic state there.

The men were recruited via social media and small religious discussion groups known as usrah, the New Straits Times reported on Monday, citing intelligence reports.

The newspaper said the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Syam (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has been recruiting Malaysians since several years ago and "the trend shows no signs of abating".

Quoting sources, the report said scores of other Malaysians were also planning to enlist and aid the group, which is advancing towards the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and has been involved in heavy gunfights against forces loyal to the Baath government in Syria.

 
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