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When Imran Rabbani arrived at a juvenile detention center in shackles after being swept up in an Islamic State-inspired plot to set off a pressure-cooker bomb in New York, he was just 17. @melissaetehad shares his incredible path to deradicalization:
 https://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-col1-terrorism-prison-radicalization-2019-story.html 

22-year-old Rabbani is now starting his third semester at New York University. He expresses gratitude to the people who guided him away from Islamist extremism, like the compliance officer who gave him a prayer rug and a sympathetic captain. 📸: @latfoto
 https://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-col1-terrorism-prison-radicalization-2019-story.html 

He studied the Quran and attended Jewish and Christian prayer sessions to learn about different faiths. In time, Islamic State’s teachings seemed ridiculous, a political ideology that did not reflect the faith.  https://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-col1-terrorism-prison-radicalization-2019-story.html 

Experts who study terrorism say his case offers a lesson for law enforcement. Though the U.S. government has devoted resources to preventing terrorism, it has no clear strategy on how to help people who are susceptible to violent ideologies. 📸: @latfoto

Rabbani now says that the kindness and education he received in custody were the keys to his unexpected transformation — a change that ultimately helped deepen and enrich his identity as an American Muslim.  https://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-col1-terrorism-prison-radicalization-2019-story.html 


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