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Terrorists -- Recruiting, Terrorism -- Religious aspects -- Islam, Jihad
The purpose of my research is to educate and bring awareness of ISIS’s (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) recruiting programs through social media and video games. As stated by Lakomy (2019): “Cyber jihadis nowadays rightly perceived as a rising threat to international security” (2019, p. 383). ISIS targets individuals as young as teenagers through games such as Call of Duty, Far Cry, Halo, ARMA3, and Grand Theft Auto as to recruit those from the Western world for their Jihad. ISIS Recruiters use these platforms to attract initiates via the gaming world through imagery that is already imprinted in the mind of avid first person shooter gamers.
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Ham-Kucharski, Alexander J., "Respawning Jihadist: ISIS Recruiting Through Online Gaming Communities" (2022). Student Work. 2.