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Eliminating use of ‘lone wolf’ attackers needs to be priority

It is no longer as easy as it was 15 years ago for terrorist groups to mount major assaults within the United States. They have turned to a more effective strategy, use of “lone wolf” attackers who have lived among us, sometimes for decades.

In some ways that is a more serious threat. As we have seen, it can result in mass murder in places and at times difficult to foresee.

Some say lone wolf attackers are evidence of the futility of major military strikes against overseas terrorist groups.

That is not so. Domestic lone wolves are radicalized by the foreign terrorist groups. Eliminating them needs to remain a priority – destroying the hydra, in effect, rather than merely cutting off a few arms that will grow back.

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