More than 6,300 insurgents have joined the Islamic State’s training camps in the province of Aleppo and city of Raqqah since July 2014. This is considered the largest influx of recruits since the establishment of ISIS in April 2013. ISIS changed its name to IS (Islamic State) in June 2014; which seems to have upped the willingness for people to join ranks with the hardline Islamist group.

Nationality:

3,000 fighters carry a Syrian passport while 800 of these fighters are defectors from Jabhat al-Nusra and other Islamic battalions.

3,300 fighters originate from Arab, European, East Asian and Kurdish-populated areas; 3,100 of these fighters entered Syria through the Turkish border, while the rest joined forces after leaving Jabhat al-Nusra and other opposition militias.

Wage:

The Syrian fighter receives $400 a month, while the married members receive an additional $50 for each child and $100 for each wife. Furthermore, he is granted a house, fuel for heating and fuel for his car.

The non-Syrian fighter receives the same perks as well, with an additional one-time fee of $400 as compensation for emigration.

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