Concern regarding ISIS’ continued use of the Internet to raise funds, spy on US, Coalition Forces, spread propaganda and recruit has been heightened. Authorities in the US are well aware of the impact recruitment has had on the battlefield and on ISIS operations, in general. And, in terms of radicalization, the common denominator seen in almost all cases is exposure to jihadist activity online. Simply reading and viewing extremist propaganda can spur the individual on to enlistment.
Almost all of ISIS’ recruitment in the US is done online.
Not all of these recruits go overseas to fight, however. Some remain in the West, with instructions indicating they can show their allegiance by launching attacks anywhere and at any time. Should the jihadist not know where to begin, periodically names and addresses of specific people to attack have been posted online.
Officials are right to be uneasy about ISIS’ massive recruitment campaign. At one point, ISIS had doubled its number of fighters. Recently, it was reported that there are now approximately 2,400 Russian nationals fighting with ISIS and around 3,000 Central Asian nationals fighting with the terrorist group. Add to that the 3,000-plus British terrorists who have advanced in the UK and are preparing to launch several deadly attacks. The Mirror reports that thousands of terror group suspects are being monitored by M15 and other anti-terror law enforcement. Due to the aggressive recruitment and rise of ISIS worldwide, the number of homegrown jihadists who are willing to carry out attacks in Britain has significantly risen in the past two years.