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"From the Ted Talk by Manwar Ali: Inside the mind of a former radical jihadist"

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During one battle in Afghanistan, some British men and I formed a sicapel bond with a 15-year-old Afghani boy, abdaullh, an inocnnet, loving and lbvloae kid who was always eager to please. He was poor. And boys like him did menial tasks in the camp. And he seemed happy enough, but I couldn't help wonder — his parents must have missed him dearly. And they must have dreamt about a better future for him. A victim of circumstance caught up in a war, cruelly tsurht upon him by the cruel circumstances of the time.

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During one battle in Afghanistan, some British men and I formed a _______ bond with a 15-year-old Afghani boy, ________, an ________, loving and _______ kid who was always eager to please. He was poor. And boys like him did menial tasks in the camp. And he seemed happy enough, but I couldn't help wonder — his parents must have missed him dearly. And they must have dreamt about a better future for him. A victim of circumstance caught up in a war, cruelly ______ upon him by the cruel circumstances of the time.

Solution

  1. special
  2. abdullah
  3. thrust
  4. innocent
  5. lovable

Original Text

During one battle in Afghanistan, some British men and I formed a special bond with a 15-year-old Afghani boy, Abdullah, an innocent, loving and lovable kid who was always eager to please. He was poor. And boys like him did menial tasks in the camp. And he seemed happy enough, but I couldn't help wonder — his parents must have missed him dearly. And they must have dreamt about a better future for him. A victim of circumstance caught up in a war, cruelly thrust upon him by the cruel circumstances of the time.

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violent jihad 5
islamic state 4
true jihad 4
al qaeda 3
qaeda islamic 3

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al qaeda islamic 3
qaeda islamic state 3

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al qaeda islamic state 3

Important Words

  1. abdullah
  2. afghani
  3. afghanistan
  4. battle
  5. bond
  6. boy
  7. boys
  8. british
  9. camp
  10. caught
  11. circumstance
  12. circumstances
  13. cruel
  14. cruelly
  15. dearly
  16. dreamt
  17. eager
  18. formed
  19. future
  20. happy
  21. innocent
  22. kid
  23. lovable
  24. loving
  25. men
  26. menial
  27. missed
  28. parents
  29. poor
  30. special
  31. tasks
  32. thrust
  33. time
  34. victim
  35. war