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The Homegrown Jihadi Terrorist: The Threat of ISIS-Inspired Radicalization in the United States

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Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

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As this study establishes, the influence of Islamist extremists has expanded into the United States. The terrorist organization known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ISIS has attracted many U.S. citizens to support its radical perspective of Islam. The ultimate goal of ISIS is to rule the Muslim world. Although establishing a caliphate or unleashing holy war on U.S. soil is clearly not in ISISs immediate plans, its current goal is to recruit as many American supporters as possible. Since ISISs declaration of its caliphate, American citizens have supported ISIS by attempting to become foreign fighters, soliciting jihadist material online, or plotting attacks in the United States. Homegrown jihadi terrorist ideology thus poses a threat, due to its inherently violent Islamic extremism. This threat needs to be defeated by a comprehensive approach that ensures the safety and security of the United States.

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  • Unconventional Warfare
  • Information Science
  • Sociology and Law

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