Simon Cottee

ISIS

The 'ISIS Matchmaker' Wants to Return to the UK

Tooba Gondal, a notorious British female ISIS recruiter and propagandist, is alive in a camp in Syria—and wants to return to Britain with her two young children.
Simon Cottee
4.4.19
terrorism

How Some Violent People Turn into Terrorists

"We must understand that it's a death wish that attracts would-be jihadists toward the ideology of jihadism, not the other way around."
Simon Cottee
6.5.17
ISIS

How a British College Student Became an ISIS Matchmaker

The story of Tooba Gondal's transformation into Umm Muthanna al-Britannia, in her own words.
Simon Cottee
12.20.16
Stuff

What It Feels Like to Lose Your Kids to ISIS

In Trinidad, I met the father of two children who were abducted and taken to Syria.
Simon Cottee
10.13.16
Stuff

Tracking the Online Life of a Female ISIS Recruiter from the UK

Umm Muthanna al-Britannia has documented her defection to the "Islamic State" on social media. From ISIS controlled territory in Syria, she recently tweeted, "I came here to die. I will not leave till I get what I came here for..."
Simon Cottee
1.15.16
News

Why the UK Government's Anti-Terror Proposals Are Dangerously Shortsighted

Banning contemptible viewpoints isn't going to stop anyone from having them. In fact, it may provoke a further hardening of those beliefs, and perhaps even a violent reassertion of them by their adherents.
Simon Cottee
5.15.15
Stuff

It Doesn't Matter That Islam Inspired the 'Charlie Hebdo' Attacks

What's imperative is to demonstrate that those who believe it was an act of "true" Islam are wrong.
Simon Cottee
1.14.15
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Choosing Family or Freedom: The Trials of 'Coming Out' as an Ex-Muslim in Britain

I spoke to a number of atheists from Muslim backgrounds who are still firmly in the closet.
Simon Cottee
10.31.14
News

How the Islamic State Turned Horrifying Beheadings into Effective Propaganda

The jihadist group's notorious executions not only horrify the West but excite wannabes worldwide who can't wait to get involved.
Simon Cottee
10.7.14