It appears New Zealand has no idea of the exact number of Kiwi ISIS fighters

How many NZ based fighters are currently fighting with Daesh?

The government doesn’t really know. Even one is a concern, but it appears it may be way more than that…and they will coming home soon as Daesh collapses. Hopefully, many of them will die in the process of being defeated.

New Zealand has a “broad sense” of the number of Kiwis fighting with Islamic State and has monitoring in place in case they tried to return home, Prime Minister John Key says.

Key met with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on the weekend during her brief visit to Auckland.

Afterwards, Bishop told the Herald that about 110 Australians are fighting with isis in Iraq and Syria, and concern is turning to what to do with them if they survive and return home.

Isis was under increasing pressure, particularly because of the Mosul offensive, and there was a “high risk” that more foreign fighters would try and return to Australia, Bishop said. ?

Asked about those comments today, Key said intelligence agencies had a “broad sense” of the number of foreign fighters with links to New Zealand.

“It’s obviously considerably smaller than Australia’s issue,” Key said after his travel to India was delayed by plane troubles during a refuelling stop in Townsville, Australia.

“Whether you will ultimately see a return of foreign fighters, we don’t know. That is always a risk, because they are legally entitled to return to New Zealand.”

Last December a law change was made that aimed at stopping would-be foreign fighters from leaving New Zealand to join Isis in Iraq or from carrying out terrorist acts in New Zealand.

The Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill gave the SIS greater powers of surveillance and to give the Minister of Internal Affairs greater powers to suspend and cancel passports.

“Realistically all we can do is be aware of the people…monitor them and see where they return to,” Key said today.

I don’t know why we stopped them going. We should have let them and then natural selection on the battlefield would have thinned the herd somewhat.

We don’t want them back. They wanted an Islamic State, they should enjoy living in the rubble of that.


– NZ Herald