Nov. 20, 2015
A new report by the New America Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute, offers some answers. The study, "ISIS in the West," takes a hard look at the profiles and characteristics of those in America and abroad who join the caliphate and pledge allegiance to radical extremism. For openers, the authors provide some concrete numbers, suggesting that 4,500 Westerners have travelled to Syria so far. Only about 6 percent are American.