Experts tell UN council: Feelings of exclusion drive youth to ISIS

By REUTERS
April 23, 2015 22:25

 
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UNITED NATIONS - Most European youth who travel to Iraq and Syria to fight with Islamic State militants do so because they do not feel at home in Europe, academics told a United Nations Security Council meeting chaired Thursday by Jordan's 20-year-old crown prince.

Crown Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah II is the youngest person to chair the 15-member Security Council, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The council met to discuss the role of youth in countering violent extremism.

Peter Neumann, a professor at the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence at King's College London, said that his center had tracked 700 young Europeans fighting with Islamic State on social media and had spoken to nearly 100 of them to find out their stories.

"We are dealing with an incredibly diverse group," Neumann told the Security Council.

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