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CATHOLIC ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Islamic State infiltrating North Africa

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)
9/3/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Middle Eastern correspondent says that disaffected youth being recruited by agents to fight in Iraq, Syria

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL or IS was created last year in the wake of the multinational war against Syria. They design to eventually take over the world. This mysterious terrorist movement is becoming more and more prevalent in North Africa.

A recruitment campaign, led by ISIL in the North African region has been targeting young people with socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

A recruitment campaign, led by ISIL in the North African region has been targeting young people with socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

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By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
9/3/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: IS, ISIL, North Africa, recruitment, disaffected youth


ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - Young people in North Africa have begun to adhere en masse to this new terrorist organization. The Islamic State intends to rebuild a new caliphate on the ruins of the old dynasties.

A recruitment campaign, led by ISIL in the North African region has been targeting young people with socially disadvantaged backgrounds. The group sometimes recruit the young by promising large sums of money while they receive combat training. The organization also uses also online social networks to attract youth.

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Web sites, related to IS are now widely available throughout the region. Parents are frequently unable to monitor their children's online activities and contacts.

Five thousand young men in Maghreb have been recruited to fight future battles. In Libya, this organization has established its bases and training camps in the region neighboring Derna under the aegis of the Emirs who came back from Syria after having fighting against the forces loyal to Bashar Assad. More than 2,000 came back between 2013 and the first quarter of the current year according to reliable sources in Libya.

Entrenched in the Maghreb, this "Islamist" movement have worried both Western and North African governments.

Its expansion will not exempt the region of Maghreb from the dangers of warfare. Terrorist organizations have over a long period of time have used this area as a secured stronghold where they can spread easily their ideology founded on the "holy war" against what they believe to be the "tyrants."

As it is customary amidst terrorist circles, those who are perceived "not with them" are viewed as being opposed to them.

Non-Muslim citizens of the Islamic state will be the first to be victim of this situation. Their right of existence or residence is insured against the payment of jizyah, the tax collected from non-Muslims.

With the total consolidation of the foundations of this new Islamic state, non-Muslims will face certain restrictions. They will be excluded from specific duties assigned to Muslims, and will be denied political rights.

Women refusing to be veiled are also viewed as being contrary to their agenda, as well as those who choose to drink alcohol.

"Nowadays it is almost impossible to force anyone to pay for a purely private and personal conviction. Religious beliefs can't in any way constitute an acceptance criterion in the new foundations of Republican principles. Then providers of such a current are out of phase with time," Mohammad Rizig writer and sociologist says.

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