Dining with Al-Qaeda

(Daily Beast) Anna Therese Day - I sat down for dinner near Aleppo in northern Syria with four Western-educated, radical jihadists from Pakistan, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, members of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS), an organization that has close ties to al-Qaeda. Each said he was eager for his turn to become a "martyr for the global jihad." All were under 30 and Western-educated college graduates who spoke fluent English. They spoke fondly of their college days in Canada and the UK. They also talked about a future in Paradise, as martyred suicide bombers. "It is a dream," said Mohammed, his eyes glazing over as he spoke. The 24-year-old Kuwaiti engineering graduate explained that the selection process for suicide missions is very competitive.

2013-09-20 00:00:00

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