Interdicted: When the Path of Hijrah ends before the Land of Jihad

Executive SummaryIn an effort to cut off Islamic State from foreign recruits, many countries issued travel prohibitions for specific intentions (i.e aiding a terror group) and specific individuals (e.g. the "No-Fly" list). In May 2015, Australia announced it will be the first country to revoke citizenship from those of its naturalized population proven to be engaged in terrorism overseas. Canada has taken the approach of suspending high-risk youths' passports. The full array of prohibitions against joining ISIS, including the arrest and prosecution of individuals, can be considered a Policy of Interdiction.This report does not assess the merits of a Policy of Interdiction over other approaches; it simply provides data and analysis on an approach more easily quantified than most CVE/PVE tools.IntroductionHijrah has been a focal point of Islamic State orthopraxy for practical as well as spiritual reasons. ISIS received an unprecedented number of foreign fighters after many groups in the…

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Claire Davis

Claire is a TRAC research associate specializing in the emergence of the Islamic State, comparative ideologies, and Domestic Terrorist Groups (United States).

Clemmie Douchez-Lortet

Clemmie is a research associate at Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC). She focuses on Islamic terrorism in the Middle East and the Caucasus, working particularly on groups in Syria...