Fort Dix Plot Draws Out 'Lone-Wolf' Terrorists

With Al-Qaeda lying low, officials fear a new crop of home-grown jihadists
By J. Kelman,  Newser User
Posted May 9, 2007 11:43 AM CDT
Brothers Eljvir Duka, left, and Shain Duka are seen in an artist's drawing during a court appearance at the U.S. District Courthouse in Camden, N.J., Tuesday, May 8, 2007. The Dukas are among six foreign-born...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The foiled Fort Dix plot revealed the one thing U.S. intelligence agencies least wanted to see, report Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball: evidence of an emerging home-grown jihadist movement. The would-be terrorists were "lone-wolf" operators, who drew inspiration from online videos and instruction manuals rather than taking orders from groups like Al-Qaeda.

In the wake of 9/11, with Al-Qaeda burrowed underground, law enforcement and the intelligence community have anticipated the rise of new, unaffiliated groups like the Fort Dix plotters. “This is what we have been expecting for some time,” says a counterterrorism analyst.