News and Analysis (11/20/15)

Until joining ISIS, Hasna Ait Boulahcen was “deep into alcohol, drugs and sex” and “her purported pre-radicalization behavior fits with other female extremists” …

… exemplified in the fact that “the terrorists — they are not part of the institutions of the Muslim [community], they don’t go to mosques. They don’t recognize the French Muslims as true Muslims. We are also seen as the enemy” …

…yet “[e]ven as some confront a backlash, Muslims are noting a sense of belonging – feeling part of a society that is mourning collectively and standing behind the French government in bringing attackers to justice”:

It’s not just Republicans; “the Democratic mayor of Roanoke, Va., cited the internment of Japanese Americans in camps during World War II, under suspicion because of their race, as a positive lesson for dealing with Syrian refugees”:

“The U.S. military has rarely acknowledged causing civilian casualties in the fight against Islamic State militants, but is investigating several dozen strikes in which civilians were reported killed. In May, it concluded two children had been killed in an air strike in Syria in November 2014”:
“Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its offshoot al-Murabitoun said they carried out the attack…. An unnamed UN official has said at least 27 people have been killed”:
“While the Islamic State offers its adversaries a geographical target for reprisals, the group may still perceive a win-win scenario: It deters the West or receives a ‘recruitment gift’”:

“Our greatest chance of severely curtailing the pipeline of the scores of young men and women flocking to Isis and other jihadi groups is to have them in communities that provide them with a sense of belonging and acceptance in their adopted countries”:

“[A] large group of strangers surrounded the man and then proceeded to hug him one after the other. Bystanders watching the moment wiped away tears”:






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