Islamic State jihadists

As many as 550 of the estimated 3,000 people who have left Western countries to join the Islamic State insurgency in Iraq and Syria are women, a London-based think tank said Wednesday.Islamic State jihadists

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue said they went as wives, mothers, teachers and nurses because they were prohibited from joining in the fighting.

It said Islamic State’s declaration of a caliphate had given them an “ideologically consistent outlet” and helped explain why the flow was different from previous migration patterns during conflicts in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Somalia and Iraq.

“The complicity they feel the Western powers have in perpetuating these conflicts are important factors in their decision to leave the West and seek an alternative society,” the report said.

“The binary way in which the world is presented further reinforces this decision.”



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