ISIS Attracts Ex-Cons, Creating A New Brand Of JihadistNearly all of the men implicated in last week's attack in Brussels and the November rampage in Paris have something in common – they are ex-convicts.
The two brothers thought to have blown themselves up in suicide attacks at the airport and metro station in Brussels spent time in prison. One was convicted of assault and bank robbery, the other took part in a carjacking.
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Ripe for radicalization: Federal prisons 'breeding ground' for terrorists, say experts
“We have never been faced with such a large number of terror inmates before,” said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., during a recent Homeland Security Committee hearing on countering violent extremism in prison.
King and others say the federal Bureau of Prisons must do a better job of monitoring and, if necessary, isolating inmates who could radicalize others behind bars.
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European Prisons Fueling Spread of Islamic Radicalism
Convicted terrorists sit atop the social pecking order in many facilities, using jail time to plot new attacks or groom petty criminals for jihad
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French Prisons are ‘Radical Islam’ Terrorist Universities
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Hand drawings of Islamic State flags found in cell of teen who plotted to pack kangaroo with explosives on Anzac Day
- Sevdet Besim planned to run over and behead a police officer last year
- Radicalised teen also allegedly planned to strap a bomb to a kangaroo
- Been in prison since he pleaded guilty in June to terror-related charge
- He has since drawn ISIS flags and kept newspaper clippings on the group
- His defence said he renounced his support for the Islamic State
- Decided on attack after his friend Numan Haider was shot dead in 2014
French Prisons Separate Inmates To Prevent Radicalization
For many French Islamist terrorists, radicalization started while serving time in French prisons. Sociologist Farhad Khosrokhavar says some young Muslims see radicalism as a way to strike back at a secular society.
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