English Shadows

Britain Struggles to Win Young Muslim Minds

Across the internet stream countless pictures of horror from ISIS—innocent men and women in the Middle East being beheaded, shot, crucified, and incinerated. But the image that sends the most shivers up the spines of security officials in Western countries looks perfectly harmless: a blurry overhead view of three teenage girls.

Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15, are stepping through a security gate at Gatwick Airport in England en route to Syria. The girls are joining hundreds of other Britons already in Syria, both strengthening the Islamic State's army and becoming potential terrorists if they return.

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This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #36, Spring 2016 Copyright © 2024 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo36/english-shadows