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.