College Wonders Why Ex-Students Were Drawn to ISIS

May 13, 2015

Six Somali-Americans in Minnesota were recently charged by federal authorities with conspiring to join Islamic State groups that are waging war in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere. The Wall Street Journal reported that a tough question is being raised at Minnesota Community & Technical College: Why was ISIS attractive to five of its former students? “If a few young people in Minnesota have an idea that life with ISIS is better than life in Minnesota, then that is on us, that is our collective failure,” said Matthew Palombo, a philosophy and global studies professor who is an adviser to the Muslim Student Association at the college.

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