The fatal shooting of a Muslim man on a Boston sidewalk underscores the difficulty faced by US authorities trying to counter the increasing influence of Islamic radicalization among young men and women living in the United States.
Although the full details of Tuesday’s encounter have not yet been released, authorities said the victim, Usaama Rahim, had been under round-the-clock surveillance by a terrorism task force that suspected he had become radicalized by the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS).
In addition, the group is using social media to urge like-minded Muslims beyond Iraq's and Syria’s borders – including within the US – to organize and carry out their own brutal attacks.
It is in that context that Tuesday’s lethal encounter between law enforcement and the young Muslim man occurred.
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