Why did the West High School in California become a recruiting ground for ISIS?

The West High school in California became a recruiting centre for ISIS in 2014 when gunmen from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) launched a series of attacks against the school.

The school’s security guards were among those who died during the siege, which saw students and staff locked inside the building for over a month. 

The US, in turn, is paying a heavy price for the siege of West High. 

Its schools have been the target of multiple terror attacks in recent years, including a suicide bombing that killed 32 people at the school in 2009, and a mass shooting that killed 49 people at another school in 2013.

In 2015, the US government also imposed sanctions on the entire family of a former US Army officer killed during the attack on the school, in retaliation for the school’s use of the curriculum. Read more

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