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In the days after the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, France declared "war" on terrorism, 10,000 French paramilitary police took to the streets and U.S. conservatives chided President Barack Obama for not leading this new war against jihadis.It would repeat mistakes the United States made in its reaction to Sept. 11, 2001 .After the Paris tragedy, terrorism analysts found links to Al-Qaeda in Yemen and the ISIS.French press accounts suggest the trio are closer to what former CIA officer Marc Sageman calls "leaderless jihad" than the 9/11 model of core Al-Qaeda.What has the U.S. learned from a decade of debilitating battles against Al-Qaeda?Second, U.S. officials have learned that the best domestic programs for combating violent extremists are bottom-up efforts where local law enforcement works with Muslim and other community organizations.A third lesson learned is that effective messaging against terrorism must use social media to create what one U.S. official calls a "network of networks".
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