These are three stories from small, isolated towns in three different countries. Security forces in the town of Tamir, north of Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh, said they arrested eight citizens following appeals by locals to intervene and rid the town of them. The story is that more than 17 men from the town have disappeared and are believed to be fighting in Iraq and Syria with the terrorist organizations of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the al-Nusra Front. This is significant considering the town’s population is no more than 10,000. These men reportedly ended up fighting alongside ISIS after they were incited to travel outside Saudi Arabia to fight alongside terrorist groups under the slogan of jihad. The townspeople sent letters to the king on the matter and informed security forces about eight people whom they believe lured their sons into leaving the country to join terrorist organizations.
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