Russia Prevents 100 Citizens From Joining Daesh in Iraq, Syria in 2015

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Russian special forces prevented over 100 nationals from traveling to Iraq and Syria to join the ranks of the Daesh (Islamic State) jihadist group last year, an adviser of Russia's National Anti-Terrorism Committee's (NAC) chairman said Friday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — "In 2015 we stopped more than 100 Russian citizens from leaving to join the ranks of militants in Syria and Iraq," Andrei Przhezdomsky told reporters.

According to the Russian special services, several thousand Russians are currently fighting alongside Daesh, a terrorist group outlawed in Russia and many other states.

Daesh, which occupies vast tracts of Iraq and Syria, is infamous for conducting suicide bombings and other attacks worldwide.

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