For John, BLUF: The fight against Daesh will be a long, hard, slog. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The Soufan Group we have "The Family Ties of Terror". The head of The Soufan Group is former FHI Agent Ali Soufan.
Bottom Line Up Front:One can see how inflation of such small cells can be very hard for intelligence services.
- Several members of the terrorist cell that attacked Paris on November 13 were related to each other—the latest in a long line of family terror ties
- Small terror cells made up of mostly relatives or close friends are the greatest challenge for intelligence services seeking to infiltrate with human sources
- Smaller and more family-based cells provide an intense feedback loop of radicalization and reinforcement, resulting in plots of intense commitment, as well as intense disagreements when they occur
- The younger the relative in a terror cell, the more likely he or she is under the sway of an older sibling, adding a level of familial obligation and fear to the radicalization process.
Regards — Cliff