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Lack of prospects, financial lure pushing youth to IS: Vatican

An image made available by Jihadist media outlet Welayat Raqa on June 30, 2014, allegedly shows a member of the IS (Islamic state) militant group parading in a street in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of RaqaYoung Syrians are gravitating towards the radical Islamic State due to a lack of prospects and the lure of financial support more than “ideological conviction”, the pope’s Syria envoy said Saturday. IS militants, which have been active in the Syrian conflict for several years, have made headlines in recent months after grabbing large swathes of northern Iraq and declaring a caliphate spanning the territory they hold in both countries. In an interview with Radio Vatican, Mario Zenari — who has remained in Syria throughout the bloody conflict — said he believed that young militants rushing to join their ranks did not as a rule do so out of “ideological conviction”. The rise of IS has also sent alarm bells in the West as nationals from many European countries have gone to join the ranks of the jihadists.

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