Turning the page on extremism

Deradicalization in the North American context

Authored by: Mubin Shaikh , Hicham Tiflati , Phil Gurski , Amarnath Amarasingam

Routledge Handbook of Deradicalisation and Disengagement

Print publication date:  March  2020
Online publication date:  February  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138229969
eBook ISBN: 9781315387420
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315387420-29

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Abstract

ISIS-related attacks in North America, overwhelmingly committed by born citizens of the respective countries, have shown the urgency and necessity to directly deal with these individuals in order to temper their overall views, and move away from violent extremism. Particularly in the American context, this has become more important since the December 2015 attack of San Bernardino where a couple, husband and wife, attacked and killed 14 people and wounded 20. The June 2016 Orlando night club attack that led to the death of 50 individuals and the injury of the same number was explicitly claimed by an ISIS supporter. In October 2017, another attack took place on a Manhattan pedestrian walkway, where a man used a rented U-Haul truck to kill eight, and wound 11.

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