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Lone Wolf: Alone in the Radicalization Process?

The term “lone wolf” is often used to describe individuals who act alone to commit terrorist acts. Lone wolf attacks are often motivated by political, religious or ideological reasoning. But, are these individuals really acting alone?

How alone are lone wolves?

Human beings, like many other animals, are pack animals. They typically learn with other humans in group settings. In the technology age, it is no longer necessary for individuals to be physically in a group setting. Rather, the Internet can provide potential terrorists with access to like-minded individuals who can provide the virtual encouragement needed for the radicalization process.

Close analysis of known lone wolf terrorists has shown that these individuals often have some level of contact with members of a terrorist organization. Often that contact is with a command and control structure via the Internet.

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