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Gary R. Bunt

'IS' Camp

Vera Mironova, Middle East Institute, Life inside Syria’s al-Hol camp, 9 Jul 2020

"Although al-Hol camp is often portrayed as either a hotbed of radical fanatics dedicated to ISIS or home to a bunch of poor housewives who were just following their husbands, the reality is much more complicated. For example, according to Russian-speaking females there, most camp residents — around 70 percent — feel they were used by ISIS’s leadership to realize its political goals and do not believe in the group anymore."

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