Must read article on new research into Daesh. Really not what I thought at all.
“…young people adrift in a globalized world find their own way to ISIS, looking to don a social identity that gives their lives significance. Groups of dissatisfied young adult friends around the world â€” often with little knowledge of Islam but yearning for lives of profound meaning and glory â€” typically choose to become volunteers in the Islamic State army in Syria and Iraq, Atran contends. Many of these individuals connect via the internet and social media to form a global community of alienated youth seeking heroic sacrifice, he proposes.”
The linkage between networks is also far greater than I had thought.