First, there’s the electronic bubbling sound of a Skype call dialing up a connection. Within seconds, the youthful face of a man claiming to be a fighter living in territory controlled by the Islamic extremist militant group, ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) appears on the computer screen. Skyping from his phone, the man has an English accent, is dressed in battle fatigues and a toque. He goes by the online alias “Abu Antar”.
“Have you ever left the country?” he asks the Canadian female he’s Skyping with.
“I’ve never left the country, but I have flown before,” she offers.
The man on Skype believes he’s talking to a 15-year-old Canadian girl from Edmonton he met on Twitter only a few days earlier. He’s coaching her on how to travel to ISIS-controlled territory to become his wife.
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