The number of young Westerners, joining up with militants in Syria and Iraq, has increased dramatically over the past few years, growing from the hundreds into thousands. At least 20,000 foreign fighters are estimated by the US National Counterterrorism Center to have joined ISIL to date. Using social media, ISIL recruiters are able to persuade would-be Islamists, arriving from non-Muslim majority countries, to leave their homes in Europe to fight in Syria or Iraq.
In the follow up of the Paris terrorist attacks and the threats of more violence in Washington and Rome, counterterrorism experts note that ISIL has apparently changed its tactics: besides its announced aim of creating a Caliphate in the Middle East, it now engineers attacks against the West, in the same vein as al-Qaeda.
The state-of-the-art Russian electronic warfare system Krasukha-4 has reportedly been deployed in Syria.
Two East London schoolgirls who left home in February have reportedly married to ISIL fighters in Syria.
Israel aims to assist anti-ISIL coalition by tracking foreigners trying to join the jihadist group in Iraq and Syria.
The UK's chief education inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, said that all UK schools must teach students, because youngsters need to believe that they belong to our society.
"Exploited" by radicals online who "targeted and befriended" him, a 17 year old boy is believed to have become Britain's youngest ever suicide bomber after blowing himself up in Iraq.
A Russian student, Varvara Karaulova, who had been detained in Turkey during an alleged attempt to join the Islamic State, has returned to Russia with her father, her mother said Thursday.
A Russian female student, who had been detained in Turkey during an alleged attempt to join the Islamic State militant group, will return to Russia on Thursday, the Russian Embassy in Ankara said.
A Russian student, who went missing last week and is believed to have been recruited by the Islamic State jihadist group, was detained in Turkey while attempting to cross into Syria, her father said Friday.
An ethnologist at Viadrina University in Frankfurt, Werner Schiffauer says that the victims of ISIL jihadist group propaganda are often people alienated from the society.
Head of the Russian parliamentary delegation to Syria Dmitry Sablin claims that the West supports ISIL militant group to create problems for Russia and China in Central Asia.
Russian consulate in Turkey is searching a missing girl from Moscow, who is feared to have joined radical Islamists in Syria.
Moscow State University student Varvara Karaulova, who went missing five days ago, has reportedly been put on the international wanted list; the student was known to have studied the ideas of radical Islam.
From polished, professional-looking news services, the kidnapping of child suicide bombers to on-the-street beard patrols, the Islamic State has shown they are using a variety of means to try and attract more recruits and control the lives of those living under the Caliphate.
The emergence of a black and white Islamic State flag draped on houses in a small Bosnian village has led to concerns that increasing numbers of Bosnian fighters are traveling to Iraq and Syria to join the terrorist group.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has revealed his plans to hire hackers in order to deal with the threat posed by Islamist recruiters in the Internet.
Social issues including housing, health care and a route out of poverty aren't just confined to politicians and members of the public - but people vulnerable to radicalization.
Sweden’s Aftonbladet newspaper on Friday identified the Islamic State (ISIL) extremist group’s alleged top recruiter in Stockholm, claiming he is the mastermind behind a recruitment base in the Swedish capital.