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Jihadism: An Eerily Familiar Threat

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Feb 23, 2017 | 08:05 GMT
A representation of the assassination of President McKinley. During their heyday, anarchists managed to assassinate a number of world leaders. Jihadists share similar ambitions but so far have fallen short.
Assassination of President McKinley. During their heyday, anarchists managed to assassinate a number of world leaders. Jihadists share similar ambitions but so far have fallen short.
(T. DART WALKER)

The evolution of the modern jihadist movement -- and the public's response to it -- is not as unprecedented as some may think. There are intriguing similarities between nihilist and anarchist terrorists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and modern jihadists. The technological tools today's jihadists use are certainly new; after all, the internet and social media only emerged over the past few decades. But many of the tactics they rely on are as old as terrorism itself....

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