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Friday, November 7, 2008

Islamist extremists use the Web to lure teens

According to a report by French security researchers Walter Akmouche and Henri Hemery released last Friday, Islamist extremists are targeting teenagers across Europe with electronic manuals and Internet chat rooms geared to teaching them bomb making and the handling of firearms.

opn-quote Islamist propaganda Web sites are increasingly being translated from Arabic to languages including Dutch, French, Turkish, Russian and Polish in a bid to recruit fighters for jihad, or holy war, they said.cls-quote

 

Writing about their findings in the October issue of Cahiers de la Securite, published by France’s National Institute of Higher Security Studies, Akmouche and Hemery said:

opn-quotejihadists accounted for an estimated 30,000 people out of a total of 1.3 billion Muslims worldwide, a statistically feeble 0.002 percent. Equally, the number of assassinations they committed was very low compared with the number of threatened attacks.cls-quote

[Source: As reported by the International Herald Tribune]

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