From the New York Times: Her Majesty’s Jihadists
Her Majesty’s Jihadists
More British Muslims have joined Islamist militant groups than serve in the country’s armed forces. How to understand the pull of jihad.
and from the body of the article:
Ifthekar’s story would become an iconic one of the foreign jihad in Syria. It was recounted to me by Shiraz Maher, a senior research fellow at the International Center for the Study of Radicalization (I.C.S.R.), an innovative institute at King’s College London. Here, a handful of researchers have been 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. 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. More British Muslim men have joined ISIS and the Nusra Front than are serving in the British armed forces.
Have more British Muslim men joined the Islamist groups ISIS and Nusra Front than are serving the British armed forces?