Cover Story Why young Europeans are becoming jihadis

At least 2,000 have left to join rebel groups in Syria, dividing families from Berlin to London and creating a new security threat for the West.

By , Staff writer

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Salma Abdel was in many ways a typical teenager. She liked her French fries, spent a lot of time on her iPhone 5, and, according to her brother, made “the best pizzas.” Salma’s father refers to the 18-year-old as his “chérie,” or darling. As the youngest of 10 children in a Moroccan Muslim family who had always stayed close to their home in suburban Paris, she was the last person any of them would expect to do anything radical.