View Full Version : Victims, Perpetrators, Asset: The Narratives of Islamic State Defectors

09-21-2015, 01:24 PM
These stories matter. At last an open source ICSR report on why IS defectors exit the fight. Well reviewed overnight via Twitter and tonight on CNN at 7pm Dr Peter Neumann explains.

From the ICSR Summary:
Much has been written about the young men and women who join the Islamic State. We are familiar with their biographies and pathways, backgrounds and motivations. But virtually nothing is known about those who quit: the Ďdefectorsí who didnít like what they saw, abandoned their comrades, and fled the Islamic State. Yet their stories could be key to stopping the flow of foreign fighters, countering the groupís propaganda, and exposing its lies and hypocrisy.
For a short paper, ICSR collected all published stories about people who have left the Islamic State and spoken about their defection. We discovered a total of 58 Ė a sizable number but probably only a fraction of those who are disillusioned or ready to leave.
Link, including the full report:http://icsr.info/2015/09/icsr-report-narratives-islamic-state-defectors/

A BBC report:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34313337

09-21-2015, 07:02 PM
The five minute CNN broadcast:http://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/09/21/isis-intv-amanpour-peter-neumann.cnn/video/playlists/amanpour/

A Q&A transcript on VOX:http://www.vox.com/2015/9/21/9365953/isis-defections