Since the creation of the Islamic State in early 2014, the terrorist group has blitzed social media with propaganda aimed at luring adherents overseas to join the fight in Iraq and Syria, take up arms at home or provide other support. In the United States, the FBI has taken the lead in trying to prevent extremists from aiding the group.

U.S. authorities have charged more than three dozen men and women around the country in connection with the Islamic State. Men outnumber women in those cases by a margin of nearly 5 to 1. The average age of the individuals – some have merely been charged, others have been convicted – is 26. One is a minor.

The FBI says that, in a handful of cases, it has disrupted plots targeting U.S. military or law enforcement personnel. The bureau’s director, James B. Comey, said recently the FBI has investigations into possible homegrown violent extremists – not all of them linked to the Islamic State – in all 50 states.

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