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Opinion

FARAH STOCKMAN

Terrorism’s ‘homegrown wannabes’

In 2008, Marc Sageman, a forensic psychiatrist who once worked for the CIA, made a bold prediction: Al Qaeda’s glory days were over. The greatest threat now was not a plot hatched and paid for by a mastermind in Afghanistan, but rather the ideas of countless “homegrown wannabes” in Europe and the United States.

“The threat is no longer ‘foreign fanatics,’ but people who grew up in the West,” he wrote in his book “Leaderless Jihad.”

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