The number of Indians believed to be with the ISIS is estimated at around 23. While this is a confirmed figure, Indian agencies feel that there could be a few more of them and having these persons on the radar is extremely important in today's scenario. Several Indians have joined the ISIS in different capacities. Some are fighting on the ground while others do the odd jobs which range from nursing to cooking.
India has decided to seek help from a host of nations in a bid to get the exact count of Indians associated with the ISIS. The Middle East and the European nations will be extremely crucial for such an exercise. What India fears the most is the emergence of the Ansar-ul-Tawhid a group that broke away from the mainstream Indian Mujahideen only to become the recruitment agency for the ISIS. The Ansar, which is headed by the brothers from Bhatkal Sultan and Shafi Armar, has been openly endorsed by Abu Bakr al-Bhagdadi, the supreme commander of the ISIS. While there have been reports that Sultan had died, there is confirmation that the outfit is still up and running under Shafi.