The Australian Strategic Policy Institute released a terrifying study describing the type of people joining the Islamic State as appearing “normal,” educated, and employed.
The report is titled “The American Face of Isis.”
Contrary to other reports claiming ISIS converts are often alone and living in poverty, this new study by ASPI claims the faces of terrorism look much like those of average Americans with solid family backgrounds.
“While it is common to claim that terrorists are societal outcasts, we didn’t find that to be the case,” said Walker Gunning, the executive director of the Chicago Project on Security and Threats. “This information is important because without knowing who is attracted to ISIS, the U.S. or Australian governments cannot effectively craft counter-messages.”
The report said the majority of the terrorists they studied were American and have spouses and families.
“Without a doubt, many involved in these types of activities are remarkably normal,” said Dr. Clarke Jones, a terrorism expert at the Australian National University. “They can be both lovely and misguided kids. It is a real shame they go and do stupid things.”
According to The New Daily, the ASPI report says ISIS’ video propaganda is one of the main sources behind radicalization.
“Whereas before, Al-Qaeda had to recruit members face-to-face, American ISIS supporters are self-radicalizing through viewing videos in the privacy of their own homes, sometimes with small groups of friends or family,” said Gunning.
The New Daily reports the research included the study of 112 people who committed an ISIS-related offense. The majority of those studied were U.S. citizens.
H/T: The New Daily
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