Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How ISIS and other jihadists persuaded thousands of Westerners to fight their war of extremism

Terrance McCoy, WashPost

On March 25, a serious jihadist entered an Internet cafe in the northeastern Syrian town of Idlib. The hovel was all but empty. Rockets boomed in the background. He settled before a computer and accessed Skype. Then this English man named Abu Sumayyah al-Britani, who arrived in Syria one year ago and has since joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), began his interview with a radio podcast program called the “ISIS Show.”

On the other end of the connection, sitting in Atlanta, was a young American journalist named Jonathan Lee Krohn. Followed on Twitter by some of the United States’s most prominent journalists and academics, Krohn today runs the program and operates the Twitter handle “@Jihadistuff.”

Britani’s voice, smooth and sonorous, is tinged with his British roots. He said he had at first not wanted to attend the show, but later relented because it furthered an ISIS program “we have where we teach civilians about Islam.”

Despite that ostensible purpose, the first question brought Britani back to his European roots. The 2014 Champions League Final had just finished, and Krohn asked him about soccer.

(More here.)

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