ISIS members wave flags as they drive around Raqqa June 29, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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ISIS militants have just seized three Iraqi cities.A handful of people show up repeatedly as key recruiters: a Glasgow woman who reportedly helps British girls reach Syria; a Dutch fighter who gives jihadi interviews and set up a Tumblr page; a blue-eyed Frenchman who appears in multiple videos calling on his countrymen to emigrate to ISIS territories.The top U.S. military man in Europe attributes the success of ISIS recruiting to its understanding of what many young people yearn for, as well as the group's ability to harness cutting-edge technology and personal connections. Western recruits tend to cluster, like the 20-odd young men from the small French town of Lunel who left in groups of two or three and rejoined each other in Syria; the three British schoolgirls who followed months after the departure of a friend; or the group of young Spaniards accused of plotting attacks at home when they realized they would be blocked from going to Syria. Few who have abandoned life under ISIS are willing to talk about it, although security officials say about a third of European fighters have returned home.
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