Britain’s Jihadi Brides laid bare how Islamic State grooms British youngsters on social media.
The BBC This World documentary looked at many of the families – who have said they were totally unaware of what their daughters had planned – of British girls who have travelled abroad to join Islamic State and other terrorist organistations.
Revealing how Islamic extremism has become a sprawling and uncontrollable force via the internet, the documentary showed how IS had used sophisticated social media grooming to lure people into their web.
There is growing evidence that terrorist recruiters are actively approaching and targeting young people online. Lea, a French teenager who was stopped by intelligence officers minutes before she was due to be collected by her radicaliser at her school gates, reveals how her radicalisation had taken just a few months.
Dr Katherine Brown, an expert in the field who monitors social media postings from Islamic State revealed how the terrorist group convinced British youngsters to join them.
Explaining how they would tempt teenagers in by using a mixture of typically teenage social media posts about cats, their food and general everyday life with added religious extremism.
She added: “We’re seeing this mixture of informal language that really relates to young people. This mixture of English and Arabic that comes together to create this unique form of communicating.”
But it would be a mistake to think that these girls are stupid and don’t understand what they do.
Dr Brown added: “These are really intelligent women so it is a mistake to think that they’re fools, that they’re being brainwashed into this, that they’re blindly following people, that they don’t understand what they’re doing.
“They know. They’ve made choices, rational choices, but I would argue that they’re doing it with a lack of information and without, possibly, the lack of critical thinking skills that people develop over time, and that’s what’s at stake here, but they’re not stupid.
“They’re not stupid fools.”
source: BBC / YouTube / Daily Mirror