“We will go to Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon; wherever Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi wants us to go, we will go . . . the hope of the nation is in your hands, Sheikh.” The person who uttered these words is not an Iraqi, Syrian or even an Arab jihadist. He is a young Briton of Yemeni origin, born and bred in Britain. He studied there and was successful in his work.
What drives youths to leave their societies and relatively stable lives, some even successful lives, to put themselves in jeopardy?Diana Moukalled