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Gary R. Bunt

'IS' "Passport to Paradise"

Middle East Eye, Former captive Iraqi doctor tells of dissent and despair within Islamic State's ranks

"“[Abu Bakr] al-Baghdadi loved foreign IS much more than Iraqi IS because they were stronger believers and were more committed and true to the IS cause than the Iraqis. Locals here often only joined for money or to have power and carry a weapon.”
"Foreign fighters and would-be IS brides were essential to the self-proclaimed "caliphate" and were largely recruited online or through widespread dissemination of IS propaganda. English language, music videos of nasheed  - vocal-only religious chanting without instruments - such as "For the Sake of Allah", targeted young men, and many Arabic language propaganda videos were subtitled in English. "
There's a strong online element to this story. Recommended.

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