ISIS started publishing newspapers that turn locals into terrorists
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According to The New York Times, as many as 30,000 people from 100 countries flocked to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS from 2011 to 2015.
ISIS is now trying a rather unique strategy to augment its already sizable numbers even further: Publishing newspapers in foreign countries…
On June 20, ISIS released a publication titled al-Fatihin (“Conquerors”) in Southeast Asia. Its tagline reads, “The newspaper for Malay-speaking migrants in the Islamic State.”
The paper asks militant groups in the Philippines and Indonesia to pledge their allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq. The paper also states that even though the language, identity, and origins of those in Southeast Asia may be different than traditional ISIS members, all Malay-speaking jihadists should “act as one.”
While ISIS will always be in need of troops and sympathizers, it actually has a more strategic reason for targeting Southeast Asian supporters.
Source: /Money Morning