ISIS and the Lonely Young American

In The New York Times, Rukmini Callimachi profiles “Alex,” a 23-year-old woman in Washington State, and reports on her encounter with the recruiting efforts of the Islamic State. Callimachi writes, “The terrorist group itself maintains a 24-hour online operation, and its effectiveness is vastly extended by larger rings of sympathetic volunteers and fans who pass on its messages and viewpoint, reeling in potential recruits, analysts say.” Alex’s hours online “offered a rare window into the intense effort to indoctrinate a young American woman, increasing her sense of isolation from her family and community.”

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