CREATE works with ‘Average Mohamed’ to counter foreign fighters
Terrorist groups are using extremist narratives to lure young, impressionable people to join their causes and engage in violence. Countering their messages requires simple, direct ways of offering alternative narratives. In Minneapolis, one man is fighting extremist groups with cartoons. Average Mohamed is a grassroots effort founded and driven by Minneapolis resident Mohamed Ahmed. This innovative approach to counter recruitment and radicalization is groundbreaking, and it is one reason why USC’s CREATE Homeland Security Center is working with him to better understand the terrorist threat to the Minneapolis Somali community and what CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) strategies are having an impact.