The Allure of the Islamic State Money and Status Attract Fighters

A bricklayer got a $60 a month raise by trading his construction tools for a Kalashnikov and becoming a soldier for the Islamic State. Subsidies and other benefits appear to be part of the holy war's allure for some.
Captured Islamic State fighter Mohammed Ibrahim, photographed at a prison in Erbil, Iraq.

Captured Islamic State fighter Mohammed Ibrahim, photographed at a prison in Erbil, Iraq.

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