Study: Islamic State ‘wannabes’ from U.S. not motivated by terrorism

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria “wannabes” in the United States are not motivated by terrorism, bur rather by the idea of building an Islamic caliphate, according to a new study by Fordham Law School’s Center on National Security.

The study found a common link among the 25 people in the U.S. charged with supporting the Islamic State over the past two years: They are young, U.S.-born and not Arab.

Instead, what the study calls “wannabes” who have been arrested are attempting to join the Islamic State because they were drawn to the fantasy of an Islamic caliphate, not because they want to commit terror acts on U.S. soil.