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American ISIS fighters likely to be U.S. born

Chicago: Scholars to discuss study on American face of ISIS with reporters Friday, Feb 3

A new study from the Chicago Project on Security and Threats at the Universityof Chicago and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s CounterTerrorism Policy Centre finds striking patterns among individuals in the United States considered ISIS supporters, including that a large number are U.S.born citizens and engaged in society.

The American Face of ISIS: An analysis of ISIS related terrorism in the U.S., March 2014 - August 2016 challenges widely held assumptions that ISIS supporters are uneducated, isolated and unemployed, while finding almost no refugees among the group studied. The report focuses on 112 U.S. ISIS supporters identified through court documents and other materials.

Produced by CPOST, a leading U.S.based research center on international terrorism, and ASPI, a nonpartisan Australian think tank, the report is one of the most comprehensive nongovernmental studies of such individuals conducted.

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 3 at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Vault Conference Room, 33 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60602

Robert Pape, CPOST director and professor at the University of Chicago
- Keven Ruby, CPOST senior research associate and report coauthor

For questions, please contact Mark Peters at [email protected] or +1 (773) 702.8356.