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From Terrorist to Asset: Could Disillusioned Militants Bring ISIL Down?

A British-based anti-terror think tank is calling on western governments to listen to what defected Islamic State (ISIL) militants might have to say to help in the fight against them.


 The International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence (ICSR) has published a new report titled 'Victims, Perpetrators, Assets: the Narrative of Islamic State Defectors' and suggests governments should "provide defectors with opportunities to speak out; assist them in resettlement and ensure their safety; and remove legal disincentives that prevent them from going public."

It all began when a British-born ISIL fighter, claiming to speak for dozens of other Islamic extremists, contacted a researcher. The British jihadist had decided to defect from the jihadist regime after becoming disillusioned with life under jihadi rule.

"We saw the videos. They hyped us up!"

However, he told researcher Shiraz Maher, the reality of the situation on the ground was very different.


Read more: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150921/1027302808/isil-defectors-radicalization-jihad-report.html

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