The psychology of foreign jihadis

Oct 9, 2014

In this March 8, 2008 file photo, arrested suspects militants, and their confiscated weapons, rear left, are seen at an army base camp in Mingora, the main town of Pakistan's district Swat. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned during a visit to Kabul earlier this July that more foriegn fighters are now crossing into Afghanistan from Pakistan, where a new government has attempted to negotiate with the militants.
Credit Sherin Zada / AP Photo

This week on Global Journalist, we look, once again, at the Islamic State and the ongoing fighting in the Middle East. Recent videos from the militant group have featured people not from the West fighting for ISIS' cause. To that point, videos depicting the beheading of American journalists and a British aid worker have highlighted a British person who describes what ISIS is fighting for before he executes the group's captives. But what makes someone who was born in the west and was educated in the west decide to fight for a group that wants to destroy the west? We look at the phenomenon of jihadis from the West, and what motivates their decisions to fight. Our guests: