Seduced by Islamic State: Areeb Majeed and the glamour of terror

What draws young people to terror?

Is it gullibility? Is it youthful angst? These are some of the questions that Indian experts are struggling to answer as investigators try to understand what drew 22-year-old Kalyan youth Areeb Majeed and his friends to join the Islamic State (IS) terror group.

What is worrying is that Majeed is hardly an exception. One of the facets of Islamic State that has been grabbing headlines – apart from grisly videos of beheading style executions – is its frighteningly effective recruitment of young men from around the world.