What Motivated Teenage Girls to Join ISIS? (PBS NewsHour)

“You know, their role can be just as violent as the role that men play in the war,” Dartmouth’s Steven Simon tells PBS NewsHour in a story about three high-achieving teenage girls from Great Britain who left their families and traveled to Syria to become Islamic State brides.

“They staff checkpoints. They go on house raids. They enforce morality codes. They manage the rape brothels. They direct violence against targets, maybe in different ways than men do, but just as fervently,” says Simon, a lecturer in the government department.

Watch the full story, broadcast 8/17/15 by PBS NewsHour.