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Islamic State sympathizers: lone wolves or something more?

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>> Home grown extremism, lone wolves or wolf dens? I'm Joseph Ax, I'm a correspondent with Reuters. We've all heard the term lone wolf to describe extremists that are accused of plotting attacks against the United States. But a Reuters analysis shows that in fact the vast majority of defendants who have been accused by the United States of plotting on behalf of Islamic State are in fact members of groups.
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Anywhere from two to more than ten people of like minded individuals who got together in person to discuss their plots. Whether it's to travel abroad and become a fighter for Islamic State or to carry out attacks here at home. That term implies someone who is completely isolated, radicalized online and and sets out to attack all on his own.
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In fact, true lone wolves are very rare. Some of the experts that Reuters spoke to, said the true lone wolves, someone who acts completely on their own without working with co-conspirators are really psychotics. And you just don't see a lot of people like that, the relationships between these defendants or these people accused of plotting against the United States.
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They run the gamut from casual acquaintances to married couples like the couple in San Bernardino in December. They're meeting with friends, family members, classmates, roommates, and discussing what they wanna do on behalf of Islamic State. And experts in radicalization say that that type of in person meeting can actually work even more to make people extreme.
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Can exacerbate jihadist tendencies and push those individuals more towards violence.