The Countries Where ISIS Finds Support, in Two Charts

Jessica Marmor Shaw, Market Watch, December 5, 2015

The San Bernardino, Calif., massacre is bringing even more attention to Islamic State’s frighteningly rapid global growth, and where around the world it has found traction–not just in terms of territory gained, but in support.

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A study out of the Brookings Institution used Twitter to shine some light on this, comparing the countries where tweets from ISIS supporters originate. The study dealt with a sample size of 20,000 and found that Saudi Arabia is the top location claimed by Twitter users supporting ISIS in 2015. Syria follows, Iraq rounds off the top three and the U.S. takes fourth place.

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The number of fighters joining from Saudi Arabia is between 2,000-2,500, the largest total number, according to the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence. Per capita, that represents 107 fighters per million people. On a per capita basis, Jordan tops the list, with an estimated 315 fighters per million people.

Belgium has the highest number of fighters per capita of any Western nation. {snip}

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