ON-Lion Letter
An April report from the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point, The Caliphate's Global Workforce:  An Inside Look at the Islamic State's Foreign Fighter Paper Trail, contains an analysis of more than 4,600 unique Islamic State personnel records that were produced by the group primarily between early 2013 and late 2014.  The importance of this data for understanding the Islamic State -- and, in particular, the foreign-fighter flow -- cannot be overstated.  It is the largest cache of primary-source documents produced by the Islamic State available in the open-source as of this date. 

The analyzed documents were acquired by NBC News from an Islamic State defector and subsequently provided to the CTC and other entities.  The report provides a window into the organization's global workforce, revealing information about foreign fighters' countries of origin, citizenship, points of entry into Syria, marital status, skills and previous occupations, education levels, religious knowledge, fighting-role preferences in the group, and previous jihadist experience.  In addition to analyzing the data at the macro-level, it also highlights numerous anecdotes of individual fighters.  

The Caliphate's Global Workforce reveals an organization that is attempting to vet new members, manage talent effectively within the organization, and deal with an incredibly diverse pool of recruits.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports CTC.
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