Australian jihad Gen Ys under microscope

The average Australian jihadist is 25 years old, likely to be Australian-born and better-educated than the previous generation of extremists of the 1990s and post-September 11 period, a top think tank has found.

Studying 54 of the current wave of Islamic extremists both at home and fighting in the Middle East, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute has also found that four-fifths of the jihadists have an online presence, underscoring the dominant role of the internet in extremism.

“Australian citizens who have become extremist jihadists since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011 are, on average, younger and better educated than a previous generation of Australians who radicalised in the late 1990s and after al-Qaeda’s attacks in the US in 2001,” the report, released on Monday, finds.

  • Alain

    Here we go again with the big lie of being “radicalised”. Muslims living in non Muslim countries should be seen as the sleeper cells they are; sleeper cells that can be activated in a flash whether born there or elsewhere.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Why do they need a think tank to figure this out?

      • Alain

        I suspect it to come up with anything except the truth.

  • Canadian

    They forgot to include that all of them are muzzies.