3 Brooklyn Men Accused of Plot to Aid ISIS’ Fight
Two young men living in Brooklyn were arrested on Wednesday and charged with plotting to travel thousands of miles to fight under the banner of the Islamic State, the terrorist organization that has seized a wide expanse of Syria and Iraq.
A third Brooklyn man was charged with helping organize and fund their activities.
Even as the Islamic State has been waging a brutal war in the Middle East, it has been spearheading an aggressive campaign to recruit Muslims to its cause, using social media to target young people across the world.
It has drawn thousands of fighters from nearby nations, tapping into a range of resentments, such as religious oppression and personal disillusionment. More recently, the group has found scores of willing recruits in Europe, many inspired by the gruesome videos of atrocities that the group uses to promote itself.