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Lost Souls

Terrorists exploit religion to poach new recruits

Even modest estimates suggest that ISIS recruited around 30,000 fighters globally, including women and children. During one of his business trips to war-torn Syria, war correspondent Semyon Pegov discovered a manual containing instructions on how to transform an ordinary person into a militant. He initiated his investigation to learn more about how individuals are lured by terrorists. Semyon met with three Russian women who shared their experience, explaining how they ended up marrying terrorists, what they endured in the war-ravaged cities of Syria, and how they eventually managed to escape.