24 March 2018

50 percent of terrorists have been radicalized online

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A report by the Henry Jackson Society (HJS), a cross-partisan British-based think tank, has found that at least 50 percent of UK jihadists are radicalized by extremist material on the internet. reports that the report, titled Islamist Terrorism: Analysis of Offences and Attacks in the UK, also states that the number of people radicalized has doubled in the last five years. The study describes terrorism as an action used to cause division and confusion.

"Terrorism uses emotional shock in order to confuse and to divide. An important tool in understanding and defeating it is a reliable and dispassionate account of its perpetrators, their characteristics, their offenses and their networks. Precisely such an account is provided in the latest edition of this encyclopedic work. It profiles and analyses the 269 people convicted of Islamist terrorism offenses (or killed as suicide bombers) in the UK between 1998 and 2015," the report states.

The author of the report, Hannah Stuart, a senior research fellow at HJS, said that online radicalization is on the increase and the prevalence of the internet as a medium for engagement with extremism has more than doubled.

"First al-Qaeda and now Islamic State are ahead of the game in terms of using the internet and social media for propaganda," Ms. Stuart said in a recent interview.

The study has also found that at least 10 percent of terrorist attacks in the UK were committed by so-called "lone wolves." In addition to this, one in 10 jihadists had watched a beheading video.

2017.03.11 / 21:29
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