Accession Number:

ADA536056

Title:

American Jihadist Terrorism: Combating a Complex Threat

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Report Date:

2010-12-07

Pagination or Media Count:

136.0

Abstract:

Between May 2009 and November 2010, arrests were made for 22 homegrown, jihadistinspired terrorist plots by American citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States. Two of these resulted in attacks - U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasans alleged assault at Fort Hood in Texas and Abdulhakim Muhammeds shooting at the U.S. Army-Navy Career Center in Little Rock, AR - and produced 14 deaths. By comparison, in more than seven years from the September 11, 2001 terrorist strikes 911 through May 2009, there were 21 such plots. Two resulted in attacks, and no more than six plots occurred in a single year 2006. The apparent spike in such activity after May 2009 suggests that at least some Americans - even if a tiny minority - continue to be susceptible to ideologies supporting a violent form of jihad.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE