As Europe’s prisons fill with returning ISIS fighters, officials warn of future ‘human bombs’
Europe has been aggressively locking up Islamist extremists since 2016. Now it faces a new problem: extremist hotbeds inside prisons.
Challenge of returning foreign fighters has long been underestimated. According to research by NDU's Kim Cragin, less than 1/2 of all returning foreign fighters have in fact been imprisoned. And, now those that are radicalize & recruit other prisoners.
Europe has locked up hundreds of ISIS returnees since 2016. The new fear: an ISIS infection spreading through crowded jails. With
, we go inside prisons where officials are scrambling to find a cure.
We visited facilities in #Europe , interviewed #security officials, #guards and also inmates who were radicalizing or in danger of getting radicalized in #prison. Read the latest #article and watch the #video of our reporting journey. W/
ISIS behind bars -- Hundreds of Europeans who joined the “caliphate” are now back home and incarcerated. The new challenge: Keeping prisons from becoming recruitment centers for future terrorists.
Hundreds of ISIS members are incarcerated. The challenge: Keeping prisons from becoming terror recruitment centers. “Never have so many people been arrested on charges related to terrorism and never have we seen so many of these guys in prison together.”
Since the founding of the Islamic State in 2014, several of #Europe’s biggest terrorist attacks were led by former prison inmates, some of whom became radicalized while behind bars. Latest w/
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Great reporting on radicalization in prisons in #belgium and #germany by
. Also with a quote from me.
Daniel H. Heinke
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‘ISIS behind bars’
Team work on this story about ISIS members in Europe's prisons, co-edited with
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Karim Emile Bitar
ISIS behind bars Hundreds of Europeans who joined the “caliphate” are now back home and incarcerated. The new challenge: Keeping prisons from becoming recruitment centers for future terrorists. By
and Joby Warrick
on how Europe's prisons are handling their jihadist inmates – whether trying to deradicalize them or just stop them from contaminating others – many of whom are, in any case, up for release soon.
ISIS behind bars
European states are struggling with their jihadist prisoners: the higher levels of incarceration have lowered the level of terrorism, but the question of whether to try de-radicalization or to settle for non-violent extremism is playing out.
Ahmet S Yayla
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An interesting piece re #prison #radicalisation #terrorism #ISIS. Puts some context on our #crimeterrornexus findings so far: <only> 29% of ppl in our sample (from 2015 European terrorism cadre) had been arrested b4.
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As Europe’s prisons fill with returning ISIS fighters, officials warn of future ‘human bombs’ - Washington Post
This helpful article examines two different approaches to prison radicalisation in Europe: isolating extremists (Belgium) or distributing them among the prison population (Germany).
Nicholas A. Glavin
As Europe’s prisons fill with returning #ISIS fighters, officials warn of future ‘human bombs’