03:46 GMT19 May 2021
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    UK top envoy to the alliance Gen. Adrian Bradshaw said that NATO should put more effort into supporting countries that are running counter-radicalization programs.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) NATO should put more effort into supporting countries that are running counter-radicalization programs, UK top envoy to the alliance Gen. Adrian Bradshaw said.

    "There is a lot more, I think, that can be done to support nations that are running their own counter-radicalization programs," Bradshaw told the BBC broadcaster.

    According to Bradshaw, the alliance should promote successful national strategies on countering radicalization of individuals, such as training Islamic imams to preach tolerant traditional and not radical Islam. Such programs, according to the UK military official, are successfully implemented in Jordan.

    "We can help in drawing attention to the potential benefits of that sort of activity, although it’s not military activity and it’s not our primary responsibility," Bradshaw added.

    Radicalization is a pressing challenge in Europe and worldwide, due to the potential terrorist threat posed by the radicalized individuals. The issue has been broadly discussed after terrorists attacked several venues around Paris on November 13, killing 130 people and injuring over 360. A terrorist attack in Brussels in March, in which over 30 civilians were killed, once again sparked the European concerns over the issue of radicalization.

    The Daesh radical Islamist group, which is outlawed in Russia and many other countries, claimed responsibility for the attacks. It is notorious for recruiting people into its ranks from all over the world, using all available means of propaganda.


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