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The origins of America's jihadists

Author: Brian Michael Jenkins
Publisher: [Santa Monica, CA] : Rand Coporation, [2017]
Series: Perspective (Rand Corporation), PE-251.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The U.S. homeland faces a multilayered threat from terrorist organizations. Homegrown jihadists account for most of the terrorist activity in the United States since 9/11. Efforts by jihadist terrorist organizations to inspire terrorist attacks in the United States have thus far yielded meager results. No American jihadist group has emerged to sustain a terrorist campaign, and there is no evidence of an active  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Michael Jenkins
ISBN: 9780833099495 0833099493
OCLC Number: 1012750595
Description: 96 pages ; 21 x 23 cm.
Contents: Summary Of Key Judgments --
The Origins of America's Jihadists --
Appendix --
Notes --
References --
The Chronology --
Epilogue .
Series Title: Perspective (Rand Corporation), PE-251.
Responsibility: Brian Michael Jenkins.

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The U.S. homeland faces a multilayered threat from terrorist organizations. Homegrown jihadists account for most of the terrorist activity in the United States since 9/11. Efforts by jihadist terrorist organizations to inspire terrorist attacks in the United States have thus far yielded meager results. No American jihadist group has emerged to sustain a terrorist campaign, and there is no evidence of an active jihadist underground to support a continuing terrorist holy war. The United States has invested significant resources in preventing terrorist attacks, and authorities have been able to uncover and thwart most of the terrorist plots. This Perspective identifies 86 plots to carry out terrorist attacks and 22 actual attacks since 9/11 involving 178 planners and perpetrators. Eighty-seven percent of those planners and perpetrators had long residencies in the United States. Only four of them had come to the United States illegally, all as minors. Nationality is a poor predictor of later terrorist activity, and vetting people coming to the United States, no matter how rigorous, cannot identify those who radicalize here. Determining whether a young teenager might, more than 12 years later, turn out to be a jihadist terrorist would require the bureaucratic equivalent of divine foresight.

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