In several countries, repatriated Islamic State members have not been held accountable. Their treatment has sparked controversy and raises security concerns.
Dr. Vera Mironova is a visiting Fellow at Harvard University. Vera conducted fieldwork in numerous active conflict zones and post-conflict regions all over the world, and from 2016 to 2017, she was embedded with Iraqi Special Operations Forces during the Mosul Operation and before that, with ultra right Ukrainian armed groups in Donbas. She is an author of the book "From Freedom Fighters to Jihadists. Human Resources of Non State Armed Groups" published by Oxford University Press. Her scholarship has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, BBC, and The Boston Globe. She has also served as a commentator for a number of major media outlets, including The New York Times, the Associated Press, Washington Post, and Vice News.
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There’s a ton of online fundraisers for women affiliated with the Islamic State. Many of these fundraisers take place relatively openly on social media.
I interviewed foreign Islamic State women to hear their opinions on a host of issues.
Accused Islamic State members in Iraq face trials with minimal due process guardrails. A survey I conducted among various stakeholders indicates that the Iraqi system isn't working.