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December 20, 2017

Homeland Security

Where Do America's Jihadists Come From?

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The U.S. homeland faces a multilayered threat from terrorist organizations, and the government has invested significant resources in preventing terrorist attacks. But who is attacking us, and where are they from?

A recent analysis by Brian Michael Jenkins identifies and briefly describes all 86 plots to carry out terrorist attacks and 22 actual attacks since 9/11 involving 178 individuals, 86 of which were U.S.-born citizens.

Jenkins concludes that nationality is a poor predictor of later terrorist activity; most jihadists in the United States are made in the United States, not imported.

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