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Oops! There goes the narrative… Islamic militant groups’ recruits likely to be well educated, study finds

World Bank study based on leaked Islamic State records finds no link between poverty or educational levels and radicalisation

Recruits to Islamic militant groups are likely to be well educated and relatively wealthy, with those aspiring to be suicide bombers among the best off, a study by the World Bank has found.

The research, based on internal records from the Islamic State group, will reinforce the growing conclusion among specialists that there is no obvious link between poverty or educational levels and radicalisation.

The data, leaked by a disaffected former member of Isis in March, includes basic information on 3,803 foreign recruits from all over the Islamic world and Europe who joined the organisation between early 2013 and late 2014, when the flow of volunteers to the organisation reached a peak.

  • simus1

    Being “Well Educated” offers little protection to those prone to cultism of any kind.
    Convincing aimless hollow young people to be evildoers is not a very difficult task.

    • “Radicalized” means they believe those parts of the Koran, liberals prefer to overlook.

  • kkruger71

    Doesn’t matter at this point, they could have 5, 50, 500 of these studies come out, the narrative is already established. That is until something happens to make it beneficial to the left to prove these people are well-educated, then they will flip on a dime and start spouting it like this was common knowledge the whole time.

    • I am surprised they have not used it to justify their useless “de-radicalization” efforts by pointed out that educated well off Muslim terrorists have so much more to live for if only we could dialogue with the long enough!

  • Clink9

    “But there is no question that this happened because there is someone who feels completely excluded. Completely at war with innocents. At war with a society. And our approach has to be, where do those tensions come from?”

  • ontario john

    But do they need winter coats??

  • Alain

    Why don’t they tell us something we didn’t already know? It is rather like a “study” which finds that the earth is not flat.