ISIS is revolutionising international terrorism recruitment

Muslims becoming radicalized and joining the Islamic State terror group — and in some cases leaving their home countries to travel to the Middle East — is becoming a growing crisis in the West.

Local imams are speaking about having to fight against a tide of young people who are turning to radical Islam in increasing numbers, Twitter is scrambling to shut down Islamic State accounts that spew propaganda and advertise the brutal acts the group carries out, and airport customs officials are now on the lookout for people who are trying to enter Syria illegally through Turkey.

The Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh) has carefully marketed its “caliphate” — an area about the size of Belgium that the terror group controls in Iraq and Syria — as a utopia, and the group has been incredibly successful at using the internet to recruit fighters and other Muslims to join.