REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah - Students pose for pictures in front of graffiti at the Sudan University of Science and Technology in Khartoum, Sudan, May 14, 2015.


This Sudanese school's students are rapidly joining ISIS

August 13, 2015, Geneive Abdo

A private, elite school in Khartoum tells the story of the appeal of ISIS—a story that defies years of mythologies in the West about the lure of Muslim youth to extremism. Geneive Abdo writes that while the pattern is similar to other foreign fighters who have joined ISIS, the case of the Sudanese students is chilling not only for what it says about their willingness to toss away a promising life for a utopian idea, but also what it reveals about the tactical and unprecedented effectiveness of ISIS’ recruiting strategies.

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