At least 100 Americans are believed to have traveled to the Middle East to fight for the Islamic State. The government of Canada reports that 130 of its citizens have left America’s northern neighbor to join the jihad.
And as many as 130 Austrians — including the two fresh-faced teens shown above, says the Daily Mail — may now be fighting for ISIS in the Muslim radicals’ “holy war.”
Police fear two young girls who fled Austria are inspiring other teenagers to join Islamic State ranks after they successfully fled the country saying they were going to Syria.
Samra Kesinovic was aged just 16 and her friend Sabina Selimovic 15 when the two vanished this year from their homes in the Austrian capital Vienna.
Soon afterwards they posted images of themselves brandishing Kalashnikov rifles, and in some cases surrounded by armed men.
Interpol — the International Police Agency — is reportedly now hunting for the pair, as Austrian authorities worry that the two young girls could lure other vulnerable teens into the terror war.
Austrian media warned several weeks ago that the girls had become the public face for the call to jihad.
These fears now appear to have been validated with the Austrian Interior Ministry confirming two other girls from Vienna had attempted to flee to take up the call for holy war.
In the glaring light of the latest revelations about youngsters being drawn to the murderous cause of the Islamic State, one must ask, “What is the allure of jihad for youthful innocents?”
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In a recent piece for The Guardian, Scott Atran wrote of jihad’s “Fatal Attraction”:
The challenge for democracies is to provide an alternative means of satisfying the quest for glory that motivates those who join in Isis’s barbarism.
The Guardian piece went on to address what it called ISIS’ “oxygen of terrorism” — publicity:
And publicity it has received in spades with the beheadings of two American journalists. So an organisation that hardly anyone knew existed only a few months ago is now the world’s, and particularly the west’s, premier political and public concern, eclipsing Iran’s nuclear programme and Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
Image Credits & H/T: ijreview.com