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Inside the Mind Control Methods ISIS Use to Recruit Teenagers

It’s reported that at least 1,600 people from the UK have left to join the Islamic State. Some of them are teenagers, and a few high-profile runaways – like the Bethnal Green Academy trio – are teenage girls, plucked from stable, happy families. So what is it that makes these recruits want to leave all that behind, and instead throw themselves into a world of conflict and brutality? More often than not, the extreme dedication to the caliphate seems sudden and surprising to friends and family members. However, it’s often down to a longer campaign of online grooming than first seems apparent. The loyalty has less to do with an adherence to ISIS’ extreme, apocalyptic brand of Islam, and more to do with advanced persuasion techniques, similar to those seen in cults like the Children of God, Heaven’s Gate and The People’s Temple. To find out more, I spoke to Steven Hassan – a former member of the 1980s cult the Moonies, and author of Combating Cult Mind Control – about the methods ISIS use to gain absolute control over some of Britain’s young Muslims

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