Hammer Forum - Thursday March 19, 2015
Violent extremism and counterterrorism expert and former jihadi and author of Undercover Jihadi provide insight into why young Muslims in the diaspora join jihadist movements. Barrett is a board member of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism and the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation. He led the UN Monitoring Team concerning al Qaida and the Taliban from 2004 to 2013. At age 19 Shaikh, a Canadian, became a supporter of the militant jihadi culture. The 9/11 attacks prompted him to travel to Syria and study Arabic and Islamic Studies but Shaikh eventually relinquished his violent interpretations of Islam and volunteered with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to fight terrorism.