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How Daesh lures foreign fighters from world over.

Summary: Joint initiative by the UAE and the US aims to expose the tactics used by Daesh to recruit foreign fighters from across the globe.

The Sawab Centre, a joint initiative by the UAE and the United States to fight Daesh's extremist ideology online, has launched a new campaign via its Twitter and Instagram platforms under the hashtag #DeludedFollowers.

The new campaign aims to expose the tactics used by Daesh to recruit foreign fighters from across the globe. It also coincides with the convening of a major counterterrorism meeting being held in The Hague, Netherlands.

This is a joint meeting involving member countries in the Global Coalition to Counter Daesh as well as the Global Counterterrorism Forum, and will serve to unite global efforts towards sharing information, stopping foreign terrorist fighters, and securing innocent civilians from terrorist violence.

The Sawab Centre has stressed that educating societies about the danger of joining terrorist organizations such as Daesh is a critical part of supporting global efforts towards limiting resources available for terrorism.

The centre has emphasised that despite all the measures taken so far, it is still extremely important to remain vigilant and deal with this issue firmly due to the security threats posed by Daesh and likeminded terrorist organisations.

The caution follows the recent terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Paris, Beirut, Tunisia, and California, as well as the daily terrorist atrocities committed against the people of Iraq, Libya, and Syria.

Countering Daesh tactics

The centre will use its social media platforms to expose the recruitment methods used by Daesh and show how to limit and counter them in order to protect youth from falling prey to the lure of Daesh terrorism cloaked under the false pretences of Jihad and misguided support for the so-called caliphate. Observations of the types of individuals being recruited as foreign fighters indicates clearly that Daesh is exploiting nave and zealous youngsters and is distorting Islamic terminology to entice them into conflicts that often end with the death of these youngsters.

In addition, the Centre has pointed out that messages used by Daesh to attract youth follow common themes. These messages portray what is currently happening in Iraq and Syria as a war of civilizations between Islam and the West. Daesh also alleges mistreatment of Muslims around the world to recruit youngsters as tools of terror and murder under the false pretext of regaining respect for Muslims.

The Center has mentioned that many official reports issued by the Global Coalition indicate that Daesh uses the new recruits directly on the front lines of the conflict since they represent what amounts to acceptable losses to this terrorist group. The reports also state that Daesh frequently uses the new recruits as suicide bombers and human shields.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Jan 11, 2016
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