While many supporters of the Islamic State are depicted as isolated loners, the terror group has been stunningly efficient at radicalizing seemingly smart and well-adjusted young people online.
Two recent articles in The New York Times highlight how successful the strategy used by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh) of luring young people to the Middle East through social media and online radicalization has been.
People who knew a young Mississippi couple were shocked when the two students were arrested on suspicion of planning to travel to Syria to join ISIS.
Jaelyn Young, 19, was a cheerleader and honor student who was studying to become a doctor, and Muhammad Dakhlalla, 22, was a psychology student and the son of a popular Muslim figure in town. They both attended Mississippi State University.