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

GW Extremism Tracker - August Update
US Officials Charged 133 People with Offenses Related to Islamic State, According to Updated Tracking from the GW Program on Extremism
September 01, 2017
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Brett Zongker:, 202-994-6466
WASHINGTON (Sept. 1, 2017)—The number of charges related to the Islamic State group issued in the United States since March 2014 increased from 131 to 133, according to updated research from the George Washington University’s Program on Extremism. The research, released Friday, names two individuals identified in August, following three new cases in July.
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 28, arrests occurred in 28 states and the District of Columbia and the average prison sentence was 14.2 years. Additionally, 45 percent of those charged were accused of traveling or attempting to travel abroad, 29 percent were accused of plotting domestic terror attacks and 59 percent were arrested in an operation involving an informant and/or an undercover agent. The researchers also found that 79 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 9,000 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 August.