More young Turks turning to radical Islam

Young Dutchmen of Turkish origin are becoming increasingly radical and getting more involved in militant Muslim groups, according to a report from the national anti-terrorism coordinator NCTb.

‘Frustration about the position of Muslims in the Netherlands and anger about events elsewhere are feeding a feeling of the need to do ‘something’, according to the NCTb report, which is published every three months.
While in the past, Turkish youths were rarely involved in north-African dominated radical groups, this was changing, the report warned. Now, a sense of Islamic identity was taking over from the feeling of being Turkish, the NCTb said.
And young woman are increasingly the motor behind a shift towards religious radicalism, the NCTb report says.
Meanwhile, the threat of a terrorist attack in the Netherlands remains substantial, even though it seems to have lessened in recent months, the report claims. This is partly due to resistance within the Islamic community itself. But the NCTb warns of the danger of increasing polarisation in society, with violence by extreme-right wing groups also on the increase.

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