Is there any Jihadi José out there?

Despite endless false alarms on the presence of ISIS jihadist in US “backyard”, Latin American Muslims for the moment seem immune to Islamic State’s global recruitment, with the exception of few Caribbean Muslims. But local religious scholars recognized the region as a possible fertile ground for radicalization, and the powerful appeal of ISIS propaganda.

For the time being, the distant ISIL dream of a caliphate doesn’t appeal to Latino Muslims, and those who left seem to have no intention of coming back. But for susceptible new converts, the powerful propaganda images of ISIL could represent a path to radicalisation and violence.

Here my piece on AlJazeera English.

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