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Lone Wolves: Updating the Concept of Enemy in the Social Media Age

Primavera Fisogni
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Primavera Fisogni: Editor in Chief at La Provincia Di Como, Como, Italy

International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism (IJCWT), 2014, vol. 4, issue 1, 36-44

Abstract: Some recent events raise new questions concerning the evolution of global terrorism, especially the Boston Marathon's bombing (15th April, 2013) and the Woolwich killing (22nd May, 2013). Differently from Al Qaeda traditional strategy of random attacks causing mass murders, these two episodes seem to belong to so called “lone wolves†category. The aim of this paper is to explore whether this definition really fits to the brutal episodes. The author takes a critical look at recent attempts to reduce both the events to the responsibility of loners: The author will argue that the Tsarnaev brothers and the killers of the innocent soldier in Woolwich update not only the global terrorism dynamics, but also the category of enemy, in the social media age.

Date: 2014
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