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GW Extremism Tracker: Three New Individuals Identified in May for Offenses Related to the Islamic State Group

Credit: GW Program on Extremism
US Officials Charged 125 People with Offenses Related to Islamic State, According to Updated Tracking from the GW Program on Extremism
June 01, 2017
Jason Shevrin: [email protected], 202-994-5631
Brett Zongker: [email protected], 202-994-6466
WASHINGTON (June 1, 2017)—The number of charges related to the Islamic State group issued in the United States since March 2014 increased from 122 to 125, according to updated research from the George Washington University’s Program on Extremism. The research, released Thursday, names three individuals identified in May, following five new cases in April.
The GW Extremism Tracker continuously monitors cases in the U.S. that are related to IS charges. It is regularly updated to identify new cases and monitor past cases with new information. 
According to the latest analysis of cases, the average age of all charged individuals since March 2014 was 27, arrests occurred in 26 states and the District of Columbia and the average prison sentence was 13.3 years. Additionally, 45 percent of those charged were accused of traveling or attempting to travel abroad, 30 percent were accused of plotting domestic terror attacks and 58 percent were arrested in an operation involving an informant and/or an undercover agent. The researchers also found that 72 individuals have pleaded or were found guilty in the U.S. legal system. 
The GW Extremism Tracker compiles research in a series of monthly updates produced by the Program on Extremism, following a first-of-its-kind report that offered the most extensive examination to date of Americans arrested for supporting IS. The program also collected and shared more than 8,000 legal documents related to the arrests.  
Multimedia Resources
  • Click here for an infographic on IS recruits in the U.S. legal system.
  • Click here for an infographic on terrorism legal proceedings and attacks in May.