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Molly Ellenberg

Molly Ellenberg has 16 articles published.

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Molly Ellenberg is a Research Fellow at ICSVE, working on coding data from qualitative interviews, developing trainings for use with the Breaking the ISIS Brand Counter Narrative Project videos, and assisting with the creation and analysis of the Facebook campaigns.

Social Media Tracking of ISIS Women and Real-Life Actions of ISIS Men on Their Behalf

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ISIS women in camps who have access to phones and social media are angered by their claimed grievances over transfers.

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PERSPECTIVE: How Men and Women Were Drawn to the Hyper-Gendered ISIS Caliphate

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The gender perspective must be kept in mind considering experiences and how their risk of recidivism can be minimized.

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Jesse Morton: A Story of Trauma and Radicalization

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The impact of trauma on radicalization and terrorist recruitment has only recently made its way into the collective psyche of counterterrorism researchers and practitioners and is still not well understood.

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PERSPECTIVE: Spontaneous Deradicalization and the Path to Repatriate Some ISIS Members

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If a recruiter can talk a person into terrorism, it is also possible to talk him back out of it.

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ISIS and the Militant Jihad on Instagram

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Recruiters continue to be prolific online, encouraging supporters to hope and work toward the Caliphate’s return and to seek revenge on those who destroyed it by mounting attacks at home.

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Is Turkey a Bad Actor in Regard to ISIS Prisoners Being Held in SDF Territory?

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While a Moldovan woman was certainly “rescued” from the well-documented dire conditions at al Hol, she was being held as a detainee in Camp al Hol as an ISIS fighter’s wife.

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PERSPECTIVE: Can We Repatriate the ISIS Children?

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They were either brought, or born, into the terrorist group by their parents who served ISIS in various capacities.

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Can an ISIS Terrorist be Rehabilitated and Reintegrated into Society?

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Some died in Syria and some have made their way back home, but nearly 10,000 male FTFs, approximately 2,000 of them from Europe, are currently being held by the Syrian Democratic Forces.

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The Security Risk Posed by ISIS Women Smuggling Their Way Out of Camp Hol

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The SDF acknowledges these escapes, most recently confirming Swedish news reports that ISIS women from the Netherlands, France, Finland, Switzerland and Sweden have all been smuggled out of the camp in recent months.

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The Curious Case of ISIS’s Recent Audio Diatribe About Qatar

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In an unusual twist, ISIS spokesperson Abu Hamza al-Qurashi broke ranks with previous statements by al Qaeda, its affiliates, and ISIS in singling out and threatening Qatar, rather than their usual targets Saudi Arabia or Western powers.

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PERSPECTIVE: Why Branding Antifa a Terror Group Is a Diversion

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Defending violence as defensive in nature is in line with terror groups, but there are key differences.

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How Assad’s Atrocities Became a Powerful Motivator for Terrorist Recruitment

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Lessons for the world to learn about how terrorist groups use humanitarian crises to influence and engage youth.

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PERSPECTIVE: Delegitimizing ISIS and Militant Jihadist Ideologies May Also Require Addressing Anti-Western Biases

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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.

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Is Internet Recruitment Enough to Seduce a Vulnerable Individual into Terrorism?

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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.

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ISIS in Their Own Words: Recruitment, Motivations, Duties and Disillusionment

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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.

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