Understanding the reasons why foreign terrorist fighters leave their homes and risk their lives in conflicts abroad is the focus of a unique meeting at UN headquarters Tuesday.
The UN’s lead terrorism agency, the Counter-terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) is hosting the meeting. Civil society, academia and other researchers have been invited to share ideas about the threat posed by foreign fighters.
CTED estimates there are about 30,000 such fighters worldwide, most of whom are fighting in conflict areas like Iraq and Syria.
Veronica Reeves spoke with Weixiong Chen, CTED’s Deputy Executive Director, and asked him about some of the more common motives of foreign terrorist fighters.