18:56 GMT +324 March 2017
    Fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria

    'Unprecedented': New Report Details Daesh Support in US

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    There are currently 900 active investigations into supporters of Daesh, also known as ISIL/the Islamic State, in every American state, according to a new report.

    Titled "ISIS in America: From Retweets to Raqqa," the report focuses on around 300 people who have been identified as American recruits or supporters of the terrorist organization.

    The diverse group ranges in age from 15 to 47 with an average age of 26 years; 40% are converts to Islam; about one in 10 are women; and more than half have traveled or have tried to travel abroad, the report says.

    The sympathizers connect with the terror group online – especially via Twitter – and in everyday life. Their motivations vary.

    "While some seek to join the self-declared caliphate in ISIS-controlled territory, others plan attacks within the US. It's a growing and disturbing phenomenon," co-author Lorenzo Vidino, who directs the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, said in a statement accompanying the report.

    The group is among what the FBI estimates is "hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals" who are sympathetic to Daesh, the report says. The bureau has open investigations into recruits in every state.

    While it is not new for Americans to join jihadist groups, Vidino says "the size of the ISIS-related radicalization and mobilization is unprecedented."

    While the report says that most of the sympathizers will never "make the leap from talk to action," it also acknowledges that some will turn to real militancy – whether at home or abroad.

    "Because there is no standard recruit profile, there is also no silver bullet that will blunt ISIS's allure. Recognizing this complexity is a vital initial step for policymakers, law enforcement officials, civic leaders, teachers and parents when crafting effective solutions."

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      The American public, like so many other countries, wants to lash out in anger against any perceived identity. And like every other country, except Presidents, they do not know who to turn on so they turn towards any other entity in sympathy as their model for relief. I doubt very seriously that anyone is in love with masquerades like the ISIL, but if masked men are willing to obstruct whole governments, then why not show a willingness to at least listed? If understood in this way, you can understand any state's interest.
    • If those guys are still roaming free IRL or on the internet it's because thes governments let them be free..It suits their interests.
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      The largest terrorist organization on the planet is the American government. Easy peasy
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      Mitach2002, And the largest support to ISIS comes from the same government. In fact they have created it.
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