Global Jihadist Movement

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Unformatted text preview: for Muslims US fragments into regions/states Terrorist narrative: components • Grievance • Who is responsible for the grievance • Elicit acknowledgement of responsibility to the broader community • Trigger guilt that individual is not doing enough • Provide explanation of why things are bad • Path to resolution of grievance/changes they desire • • Provide religious, moral, or political justification for violence Integration of culturally familiar historical symbolism, myths, famous events/leaders, and the narrator’s claim to legacy It’s important to identify the terrorist narrative, understand its messages and audiences, discover its weakness, and construct a counter- narrative Global Jihadist Movement: 6 Master Narratives 1. “War on Islam” 2. “Agents of the West” 3. “The Nakaba” 4. “Violent Jihad” – US only responds to violence 5. “Blood of the Martyrs” – used to recruit and radicalize 6. “Restoring the caliphate” Last stage of radicalization is violence – not all radicals get to violent stage The jihadist e- terrain • Media production companies • Media distribution • Web forums, news aggregators Counter- terrorism narratives • • No one counter- terrorism narrative fits all Identify audience • • • • Develop multiple CT narratives Impossible to stop...
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