TSG Report Cited on Sri Lanka Guardian: What Attracts Young People to Violent Extremist Groups
July 24, 2017

What Attracts Young People to Violent Extremist Groups

Sri Lanka Guardian
By: Jeevan Thiagarajah



A new approach is needed to understand what attracts some young people to violent extremist groups such as those supporting radical Islam or far-right nationalism. Today the world is troubled by flash points of civil strife tearing apart countries from within and outside …

The Diplomat reports, as Islamic State (ISIS) loses territory in its base, northern Iraq and eastern Syria, fresh concerns about returning foreign fighters have mounted in Southeast Asia. In December 2015, The Soufan Group estimated that some 900 Southeast Asian fighters, with a majority from Indonesia, had travelled to Syria and Iraq to join the fight. Official estimates from Southeast Asian intelligence agencies placed the number between 1,200-1,800. While it is difficult to estimate precisely how many fighters from the region are currently participating, the Straits Times reported most recently that some 392 Indonesians are believed to be fighting for ISIS in Syria. Malaysians have also been seen in ISIS videos, but they are believed to constitute a distinct second to Indonesian fighters … 


Download The Soufan Group’s updated report on Foreign Fighters here.


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