Isis is using its financial muscle to recruit fighters around the globe
Robin Pagnamenta, Bel Trew and Aoun Sahi, The Times
Published at 12:01AM, October 7 2014
Jihadist groups from across Asia have declared their support for Islamic State and called for attacks against non- Muslims, fanning fears of a growing international backlash to the US-led airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.
The statements by militants from India, Pakistan, Libya and Uzbekistan come amid mounting signs that Isis is using its financial muscle to recruit fighters around the globe to forge a common front.
Security analysts said the potential convergence of different jihadist groups was a “very dangerous development”, with long-term implications for the region. It illustrates how Isis is profiting from the propaganda value of western action being directed against the group and its al-Qaeda-linked rival, Nusra Front, painting it as an attack against all Muslims.. .