Internet ‘the new Afghanistan’: NY police chief

The internet is the new battleground against Islamist extremism because it provides ideology that could radicalise Westerners who might then initiate home-grown attacks, New York police chief Raymond Kelly says.”The internet is the new Afghanistan,” Mr Kelly said as he released a New York Police Department (NYPD) report on the home-grown threat of attacks by Islamist extremists.”It is the de facto training ground. It’s an area of concern.”The report found that the challenge for Western authorities was to identify, pre-empt and prevent home-grown threats, which was difficult because many of those who might undertake an attack often committed no crimes along the path to extremism.

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