The Internet Research Agency, a known Russian social media operation, has well-organized programs with writers divided into groups according to their English-writing skills and briefed with reacting daily to events and diplomatic developments.
Researcher finds “there has been no crisis in rapid radicalization to violence, and counterterrorism officials should walk back statements suggesting otherwise.”
Researchers argue that “the toxic blend will continue to negatively affect civil liberties for citizens and non-citizens and undermine U.S. counterterrorism efforts.”
The original elite counterinsurgency units frequently acquired these tactics and this training from other countries, made available because this was thought to be the way to tackle the problem.
There are the cases of some who traveled to join the fighting in Syria who ordered “The Koran for Dummies” and “Islam for Dummies” from Amazon not very long before their departures.
Many interviewed reported having second thoughts, or becoming disillusioned, even while still involved in extremist groups, or even during the radicalization process. Parents and relatives often knew that they were heading down a dangerous path but failed to act.
There is no consistent global approach to countering violent extremism, and sometimes programs are misused by governments for greater repression.
New research suggests trauma, adversity and mental health problems are prominent among jihadis and radicalization is an emotional process.
Islamist terrorist groups have committed significantly higher casualty attacks when weighed against all terror groups, but not more than non-Islamist religious terror groups, who were the deadliest.
“We can offer more accurate explanations of why people become involved in jihadi terrorism by recognizing their religious motivations in conjunction with others,” researcher notes.
This rapid change means things aren’t as secure as they should be, and a range of hostile forces are quick to exploit weaknesses in new ways.
They share the basic objective of establishing a state for the Ummah – the pious Muslim community – based on their strict Islamic principles.
Closing doors runs the risk of creating factions of left-behind extremists that may escape any meaningful oversight, argues researcher.
IS started systematically encouraging lone actor attacks in the West in 2016. Sometimes communication was controlled, and credit claimed centrally.
The more that a terrorist organization becomes known for criminal actions, the harder it can be to retain legitimacy in the eyes of their followers.
The number of counter-radicalization and deradicalization programs has surged in recent years. These are aimed both at prevention among communities and individuals.
The demographics of the convicted terrorists studied were almost identical to the apolitical prison population in the U.S.
Adopting the look, feel, and familiar themes of video games speaks in an engrossing way to the group that ISIS and their imitators are trying to reach.
Material produced often includes information on how to commit terrorist acts. This can range from knife and car attacks to complex operations like bomb-making and hostage-taking.
“The relative extremists became resentful of the official position… while the relative moderates became upset with him for tolerating the extremists.”