In some of these returnees, violence has been forsaken for the time being, but this Takfiri mindset is still present.
Lessons for the world to learn about how terrorist groups use humanitarian crises to influence and engage youth.
When Ibn Adam was introduced to Awlaki’s virulent influence, Awlaki was already dead, drone killed in Yemen by the American forces. Yet Awlaki was still alive and well on the Internet.
Some commenters took the counternarrative and speaker having been from their country as an insult to their national pride and thus suggested that they did not find the speaker credible.
Of the 236 ICSVE interviews that have been translated and coded on 342 variables, 117 reported some element of Internet-based recruitment as part of their process of joining the group.
With COVID-19 we are dealing with an invisible stressor and the potentially traumatic threat of death to ourselves and our loved ones. Widespread feelings of anxiety and depression may, in the long run, cause a new kind of post-traumatic stress.
There are reports from all over the world of fanatical religious preachers representing fringe elements of most of the major faiths telling their communities to continue coming to worship, even to take religious pilgrimages, that God will not allow them to fall ill.
Western women had all sorts of reasons for joining ISIS, from seeking romance, falling in love, wanting an adventure, following a man, or escaping a bad family situation, to rejecting Western society where they felt rejected themselves.
The participants had vast variation in their educational levels and socioeconomic statuses, thus representing the broad range of people from all over the world who have joined ISIS.
The reluctance by EU member states to take responsibility for those who left from their territories to join ISIS is due to concerns about ISIS returnees constituting a danger to European society and inability to prosecute and imprison them.
Lisa went to Syria hoping to find freedom from alcohol and the “sins” that had plagued her life and to start anew deepening and following the Islam in which she found comfort. Yet she ended up repeatedly imprisoned.
This act of war may lead to exactly what Soleimani was aiming for – ousting U.S. forces from Iraq and diminishing U.S. influence there.
The United States faces growing isolation in Iraq, with politicians and security officials unsure if they want to stand up to Iranian-backed protestors on behalf of U.S. safety.
Prison can mean a separation from the group and time for reflection, or fertile recruiting ground for extremists.
Stripped of citizenship, Letts says he wants to face justice at home as he’s “going more and more crazy.”
Our NATO ally may be arming, paying for, and backing another monster — perhaps the “son of ISIS.”
Baghdadi’s importance to ISIS needs to be viewed through the lens of his organization’s birth and growth.
Up until last week, Bouchra and her sister-in-law, both formerly strong supporters of the Islamic State ideology, were imprisoned among 12,000 other women and children.
Turkey falsely labeling Kurds as terrorists, but Kurds defeated the most heinous terrorist killers yet seen to date.
The SDF has been struggling with overcrowded prisons and is now facing Turkish threat as ISIS calls for jailbreaks.