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Her Majesty’s Jihadists

posted on April 15, 2015

The New York Times’ Mary Anne Weaver discusses the pull of foreign jihadist organizations for British Muslims, who are now more numerous in militant Islamic groups than in the British military. Researchers at the the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College London have been tracking British jihadists—”charting, following and, in some cases, interacting directly with foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq — through text-messaging and smartphone apps — in hopes of understanding their motivations and their worldview,” Weaver writes. “The center now monitors some 700 of the 20,000 foreign fighters from 90 countries around the world. (Foreigners make up half of ISIS’s total fighting force.) An estimated 4,000 are from Western nations, some 600 to 700 from Britain alone.”

Read at The New York Times