Did ISIS Recruit Saudis in America?

Is the Kingdom being coy?

The Institute for Gulf Affairs, a Washington-based think tank focusing on Saudi Arabia, usually from a critical perspective, has an interesting new report out alleging that the Islamic State recruited hundreds of Saudis and Kuwaitis—both dual citizens and visiting students—inside the United States. According to the report, “From American College Campuses to ISIS Camps” by Ali al-Ahmed and Mohamed Dhamen:

According to our investigation, approximately 400 Saudi and Kuwaiti nationals living in the United States mostly on government scholarships have joined terrorist groups, mainly ISIS. Some of these recruits hold dual citizenship. They are among the nearly 80,000 Saudi students and family members who are currently in the United States.

The two authors allege that four Saudi officials—one at the Saudi embassy in Washington, one at the Kingdom’s cultural center, and two senior officials in Riyadh—knew about the ISIS and Nusra Front recruiting. Yet the Saudi government failed to provide relevant information to the U.S. and did little to prevent Saudis, who had studied or even who held dual citizenship in the United States, from going to Syria and Iraq to fight with the Islamic State.

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Did ISIS Recruit Saudis in America?

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