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Study: ISIS 'Wannabes' in US Not Motivated by Terrorism

By    |   Friday, 17 April 2015 10:23 AM

American-based Islamic State "wannabes" are motivated primarily by the idea of building an Islamic caliphate and not necessarily a desire to carry out terrorist attacks on the United States, a new study has found.

The survey by Fordham Law School's Center on National Security also found that the 25 people charged with supporting the Islamic State were young American natives, not Arab, NBC News reported.

The study, based on a review of court findings over the last two years, also found that a third of those wanting to join ISIS wanted to provide non-military support for the group, including financial assistance and bearing children for Islamic State fighters.

"The narrative is that they have bought into the idea of the caliphate that they have romanticized," Karen Greenberg, director of the Fordham center, told NBC News.

"While some may want to fight, those arrested have wanted to do a wide variety of things to help the Islamic State, including nurse to wife to mother. They don't want to come home."

The Justice Department has dramatically increased its prosecution of those trying to join the Islamic State and other jihadi groups, NBC News previously reported. The government has used a range of different sources to build cases, such as undercover agents, informants, and confidential sources. They have also set up social media accounts to draw them in.

"I think these cases demonstrate that law enforcement has made a serious determination that they think they can stop the flow of foreign fighters," Greenberg told NBC News.

"And the way to do that is to send a very clear message … 'Don't go there in any way, don't go there in thought or expression, don't even toy with the idea of becoming foreign fighters.'"

The study classified defendants by demographic and found that a majority are Caucasian.  None are Arabic, three were Somali, and three others emigrated from Soviet bloc nations, NBC News reported.

All but a few were male, and the average age of those looking to join the militant group is 24.

The study also found that more than 80 percent were U.S. citizens and all but one was American-born.

"They are so young. That's the biggest surprise," Greenberg told NBC News.

National Intelligence Director James Clapper said last month that roughly 180 U.S. nationals have traveled to Syria and that law enforcement is monitoring those who have returned from the country.
 

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