Friday, September 5, 2014
Videos: The women of ISIS
◼ The focus on Islamist radicalization in the Somali immigrant community in the Twin Cities has mostly focused on the men, and on al-Shabaab in their homeland. That focus in both cases has broadened, as WCCO in Minneapolis reported yesterday evening. ISIS has stepped up its online recruitment of women in English-speaking countries, using cheery videos of frolicking children and an emphasis on the need for nurturing their terrorist fighters to draw teens to the fight in Syria and Iraq, far from both the West and their own heritage.
The US has produced a video that aims to counter the warm-fuzzy propaganda that attracted these young women. This video is definitely Not Safe for Work, with extremely graphic images — and those intentionally included for its specific purpose: