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Returning foreign fighters

Rory Medcalf

ISIS fighters (Day Donaldson on Flickr)

Disillusioned jihadis represent our best chance of gaining insight into the strategies, targets, resources and weaknesses of Islamic State. That's why we should rethink our stance on returning foreign fighters, writes Dr Tim Legrand for the ABC’s The Drum online.

Nonetheless, Associate Professor Rodger Shanahan argues that someone who is serving a prison term but who still wants to dissuade people from becoming jihadis is more likely to be motivated by a genuine desire to stop others from repeating their mistakes, while the targets of their message will be able to see that there is a cost to going down the extremist path. He comments in The Interpreter blog of the Lowy Institute for International Policy.


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