29 Aug '14, 11pm

My most recent article - From the Guy Next Door to the Fighter Overseas: #Syria #ISIS #Iraq

After considering the cases of al-Shishani, Khan, Muthana, and Muhumed, it is clear that a number of elements are at play. Not all foreign fighters are motivated to join militant groups for the same reasons, nor are their circumstances similar. Al-Shishani’s case is of particular interest due to his assumed, prominent position in IS, as well as, his poster boy status in the organization. Unlike al-Shishani, the majority of foreign fighters end up being foot soldiers for militant groups; staying in this position until they either end their jihad, are killed in fighting as we saw with Raqib, or commit suicide attacks. Al-Shishani’s swift move up through the ranks, is atypical. One common component involved in all four cases is what I will call the community element . Someone within each foreign fighter’s community, whether this element is just a friend or consists of a vaste...

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