International Lessons Learned and Recommendations for Combating Domestic Islamic Terrorism [open pdf - 129KB]
"Many countries, including the United States, face social movements that promote terrorism, violence and intimidation, and do so under the cloak of religion. The terrorists' use of religion as a cover causes problems for Western countries because of strong traditions and laws pertaining to religious freedom. While domestic terrorism is not limited to followers of Islam, the use of domestic terror in the name of Islam is of immediate concern for governments around the world. The paper first briefly describes the history of Islam, the theological underpinnings of violence in Islamic tradition, and the development of Revolutionary Salafism. Next, this paper examines the strategies of several countries to monitor, control, or eliminate Salafist and religious extremist organizations and individuals that teach terrorism as an acceptable method of political and social reform. The paper concludes with recommendations for U.S. domestic policy."
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