Officials: Foreign fighters flocking to Syria, ISIS executes dozens of captives

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HIT, Iraq – Dozens of men who had joined an anti-ISIS group in Iraq have been executed by the extremist group.

On Wednesday, ISIS posted gruesome images of dozens of men who had been executed on several Twitter accounts.

Relatives confirmed to CNN that their loved ones had been executed by ISIS.

Family members say several weeks ago, 45 men were kidnapped after joining an anti-ISIS group, ‘Sunni Awakening Force’ in Iraq.

The images come as top U.S. and British counter-terrorism officials say a large number of foreign fighters are flocking to Syria.

“The rate of travel into Syria [by foreign fighters] is greater than we saw into Afghanistan prior to 9/11,” said Randy Blake, a senior strategic advisor in the U.S. Office of Director of National Intelligence. “It’s greater than anything we’ve seen into Afghanistan, into Yemen, into Somalia, into Iraq or anything that we’ve seen in the last 10-year period.”

Blake made the remarks on Tuesday during a panel at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Florida.

According to NBC, he says the number of Westerners heading into Syria to fight has increased so rapidly that a new video shown at the four-day event is already out of date.

He estimates that nearly 16,000 foreign fighters have traveled to Syria from over 80 countries.

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