Individual jihadists from around the world have joined the Islamic State. A British national murdered American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. Malaysia reported that women traveled to Syria and Iraq to be comfort women for ISIS jihadists. Yin Gang, West Asian and African Studies scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told South China Morning Post there are hundreds of Chinese nationals fighting with ISIS. "All Muslims under heaven are one family," he said.
"These Chinese nationals are responding to the extreme Muslims’ call to join the jihad of ISIS and are seeking to gather combat experience," Yin also said.
Yin said the men wanted to join al-Qaeda but decided against it when some stability reached Afghanistan. But the volatile environment in Syria and Iraq provides these men the chance to experience jihad.