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  • Rare example of husband-wife plot highlights terrorist recruiting, worries law enforcement

    Associated Press - 12/07/2015

    There’s no single answer for why the group has succeeded in attracting women, but law enforcement officials cite propaganda directed at that population. Even as IS spotlights decapitations of captives, recruitment videos that show smiling children paint a family-friendly portrait and suggest a role for women who join the self-described caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

    The goal is to entice women to become brides for the jihadi fighters and help expand the group’s regional dominance.

    IS “likes to say it’s not a terrorist group, but it’s really a state or a movement,” said Max Abrahms, a terrorism expert at Northeastern University.

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