American Jihadist Terrorism, and More from CRS

09.24.10 | 1 min read | Text by Steven Aftergood

An apparent spike in Islamist terrorist plots by American citizens and residents is examined in another new report (pdf) from the Congressional Research Service.

“This report describes homegrown violent jihadists and the plots and attacks that have occurred since 9/11.”  The report uses the term “jihadist” to refer to “radicalized individuals using Islam as an ideological and/or religious justification for their belief in the establishment of a global caliphate.”

The 128-page report describes the radicalization process and the responses of government and law enforcement agencies.  An appendix provides details about each post-9/11 incident of “homegrown jihadist terrorist plots and attacks” while a second appendix describes engagement and partnership activities by federal agencies with Muslim-American communities.  See “American Jihadist Terrorism: Combating a Complex Threat,” September 20, 2010.

Other new reports from CRS include the following (both pdf).

“The Mexican Economy After the Global Financial Crisis,”
September 9, 2010.

“Deflation: Economic Significance, Current Risk, and Policy Responses,” August 30, 2010.