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One day this April, instead of coming home from school, two teenagers left their valley high in the Caucasus, and went off to war.There have been many, many more: between 16,000 and 17,000, according to one independent Western estimate, men and a small number of women from 90 countries or more who have streamed to Syria and Iraq to wage holy war for ISIS.The conflict in Syria and Iraq has now drawn more volunteer fighters than past Islamist causes in Afghanistan and the former Yugoslavia – and an estimated eight out of 10 enlistees have joined ISIS.Following major losses in both Syria and Iraq, the fighters of ISIS appear to have gotten a second wind in recent days, capturing the Iraqi town of Ramadi and advancing in central Syria to the outskirts of the ancient city of Palmyra, famous for its 2,000-year-old ruins.Associated Press reporters on five continents tracked some of those who have left to join ISIS and found people born into the Islamic faith as well as converts, adventurers, educated professionals and people struggling to cope with disappointing lives.Not, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., before he had recruited five others from Toronto to come fight for ISIS.
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