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Mark Townsend

From Brighton to the Battlefield; how four friends were drawn to Syria, The Guardian

The piece is an investigation into a group of friends from Brighton who join a jihadist group in Syria. It attempts to examine what motivates young Britons to fight in faraway conflicts, what we might learn from their experiences and scrutinises the role of the state and public policy in counter-radicalisation. Based on a massive cache of leaked confidential documents alongside interviews with friends and family, police and intelligence sources that took place over seven months, the article offers a uniquely forensic insight into the radicalisation process.

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