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The utopian ideals that attract females to Islamic State

Three schoolgirls from east London have flown to Turkey, amid fears they may be travelling to Syria to join the Islamic State terrorist group.

Dr Erin Saltman is a researcher at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, and has looked into why women from the West join Islamic State.

Dr Saltman said part of the attraction was "adventure seeking and being part of a romantic journey", whereas the reality was "quite grim".

  • 20 Feb 2015
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