What’s behind ISIL attacks? – Headliner


In the past week, at least 12 people were killed in Tehran and eight killed in London by attacks claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

In an interview recorded before these attacks, we asked what drives attackers in Europe and whether ideology is a bigger factor than social or economic circumstances.

“It’s not necessarily bigger, but it’s very important,” says Gilles Kepel, scholar and author of The Roots of Radicalism. “You cannot shun it, and you can’t shun the social factor either, you know.”

In this week’s Headliner, Kepel speaks about what he sees as the radicalisation of some young Muslims and why he disagrees with fellow scholar Olivier Roy, who says that young idealists who in the past would have turned to Marxism or anarchism are today joining the likes of ISIL.



  1. isn't it weird how Isis haven't attacked Israel? they had attacked some Israeli soldiers once and apologized when the found out they were Israelis…..hmmmm…………very suspicious. and it's exactly the kind of thing Israel would do.

  2. So, you're on the ISIS hitlist, eh? Like the top ten most hated or what? Which in turn makes you an expert, or is it the other way around? Since the . guy who put you on the hit list is dead, and can't tell no tales, we'll just have to take your word for it..quite a niche you got yourself into there..Promoting the conservative "Ideological " aspect..which is what ISIS promotes…so why do they want you dead?

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