Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jihadists Step Up Recruitment Drive

Sunni Insurgents Use Victories in Iraq, Syria, as Calling Card on Social Media to Help Forge Islamic State

By Maria Abi-Habib, WSJ
June 25, 2014 7:42 p.m. ET

BAGHDAD—A Sunni jihadist group that has seized vast territories in Iraq and Syria is parlaying its battlefield successes into a recruitment drive that is attracting more foreign fighters, say Western and Arab officials.

The message from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS: Join us in forming a Sunni-led religious state spanning from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf.

One recruitment video, released on Friday, shows gun-toting militants, speaking with British and Australian accents, extolling the virtues of jihad and inviting viewers to join their battle in Syria and Iraq.

It isn't the first time ISIS has tried to recruit Islamists while carefully crafting its image on social media to raise its appeal among jihadists.

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