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The Mark of a Terrorist Is Behavior, Not Ideology

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Aug 20, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Dylann Roof, the suspect behind the church shooting that left nine dead in the U.S. state of South Carolina, appears in court the day after the attack on July 15, 2015.

Dylann Roof was convicted for perpetrating the deadly 2015 attack on the predominately black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Federal prosecutors said Roof was "self-radicalized" in that he sought out white supremacist content online on his own volition.

(Photo by Grace Beahm-Pool/Getty Images)

Anyone of any ethnic or religious background can be a terrorist. Thus, the most reliable red flag of a would-be attacker is not who they are, but how they act....

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