On Monday the US government launched a special program to reach key community members in the country with the aim to stop young people who are radicalized to join the extremist groups like the Islamic State.
Eric Holder, Attorney General:
“Today, few threats are more urgent than the threat posed by violent extremism.”
The White House, the Department of Justice and various other agencies will be involved in pilot programs that will involve law enforcement officials, community leaders and many others in order to develop a special strategy that can counter this threat.
Similar programs do exist at the moment but they are solely focused on the community leaders. The brand new program will include social services professionals, mental health professionals and teachers.
The main goal of the new program is to manage to intervene before individuals become radicalized. According to law enforcement authorities, some success was achieved in the similar efforts needed to counter gang violence by training social services workers, teachers, and other key people to know what to look for and understand the recruitment system of the groups.
Barack Obama includes this process of halting radicalized Americans flow to a foreign conflict area as a key component in the fight against Islamic State militants. In the Wednesday televised speech he declared that authorities will give access to “tailored domestic programs to prevent violent extremism and radicalization.”
According to US officials, around 15,000 foreign fighters are currently operating in Syria. This includes around 100 Americans and 3,000 people from Western countries.
According to a report offered by Reuters, the UN Security Council is currently planning similar actions in order to stop foreign fighters recruitment through a series of criminal laws that would be created against this.
The current US resolution is spurred by the Islamic State’s rise, an al-Qaeda splinter cell that occupied various parts of Syria and Iraq, declaring a caliphate.