Monthly Archives: November 2014

Why Are European Muslims Joining ISIS? – Huffington Post

By Akbar Ahmed

The numbers are alarming. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner in London recently said that five British citizens are joining ISIS every week, swelling the ranks of European Muslims believed to number in the thousands.

Despite blanket coverage in the media, the question of why still remains a mystery. Most assessments focus on the role of “jihadist” ideology and “radicalization” in motivating these recruits. These tend to simplify and reduce the complex factors that affect the European Muslim communities, internally and externally. I have repeatedly and publicly condemned the heinous acts of ISIS, but, in order to defeat terrorism, it is imperative we understand the underlying factors motivating European Muslims who support it…

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Ambassador Ahmed Appears on CCTV America

Ambassador Ahmed appeared on CCTV America’s The Heat to discuss why western Muslims are traveling to the Middle East to join militant groups like ISIS.