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IS Militants Use Sex to Lure Recruits

Fighters join the so-called Islamic State [IS] for myriad motives, but one big reason might be the lure of one of the most basic human desires: sex. “The offer of access to sex is part of the Islamic State's recruitment strategy,” said Jytte Klausen, a professor at Brandeis University and the founder of the Western Jihadism Project which monitors IS activities. “It has to be assumed that it works. Many young and not-so-young men in the Middle East and Africa, and beyond, live under...

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